Monthly Archives: June 2013

First Martyrs of Rome

The people we honor today had one thing in common: they gave up their lives for Christ. They were martyred because they were followers of the Lord Jesus. By the year 64, Emperor Nero’s human rights violations had reached proportions … Continue reading

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Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles and Martyrs

St. PeterĀ  Peter, the first pope, was a fisherman from Galilee. Jesus invited him to follow him, saying: “I will make you a fisher of men.” Peter was a simple, hard-working man. He was generous, honest and very attached to … Continue reading

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St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

St. Irenaeus was a Greek who was born between the years 120 and 140. He had the great privilege of being taught by St. Polycarp, who had been a disciple of St. John the Apostle. Irenaeus once told a friend: … Continue reading

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St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor

St. Cyril was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 370. His uncle, Theophilus, was the patriarch or archbishop. His uncle meant well, but he had a bad temper and could be stubborn at times. He couldn’t have known, as we do, … Continue reading

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St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, Founder of the Opus Dei

  Born in Barbastro, Spain, Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer sensed early in life that he had a vocation to the priesthood. Following his ordination in 1925, he briefly ministered in a rural parish. He moved to Madrid, where he obtained … Continue reading

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St. Albert of Magdeburg, Monk

A monk of St. Maximin Benedictine monastery in Treves, Albert was sent by Emperor Otto the Great to convert the Russian subjects of Princess Olga at her request after she became a Christian in Constantinople at 70 years of age. … Continue reading

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St. Juliana Falconieri

Juliana Falconieri was born of wealthy Florentine family in 1270. When she was very young her father died, and thus she was raised by mother and an uncle named Alexis who was one of the founders of the Servites. At … Continue reading

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