Monthly Archives: October 2013

Sts. Chrysanthus and Daria, Couple and Martyrs

There is very little known about them. St. Chrysanthus was an Egyptian, son of a Patrician, Polemius. He was brought toRome from Alexandria during the reign of Numerian, and despite the objections of his father, who had brought him to Rome, was baptized … Continue reading

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St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop and Founder

Claretian archbishop and founder. St. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill health prevented his entering the Order, … Continue reading

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St. John Of Capistran, Patron of Jurist

St. John was born at Capistrano, Italy in 1385, the son of a former German knight in that city. He studied law at the University of Perugia and practiced as a lawyer in the courts of Naples. King Ladislas of Naples appointed him governor of Perugia. During a war with a neighboring … Continue reading

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Blessed John Paul the Great, Pope

Karol J. Wojtyla, known as Pope Blessed John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Cracow, on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two sons … Continue reading

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St. Hilarion, Abbot

Abbot and disciple of St. Anthony the Great, companion of St. Hesychius. He was born in Tabatha, Palestine, and was educated in Alexandria, Egypt. He stayed with St. Anthony in the desert there before becoming a hermit at Majuma, near Gaza, Israel. In 356, … Continue reading

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St. Paul of the Cross, Founder of the Passionist

St. Paul of the Cross was born at Ovada in the Republic of Genoa, January 3, 1694. His infancy and youth were spent in great innocence and piety. He was inspired from on high to found a congregation; in an … Continue reading

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Sts. Isaac Jogues and Rene Goupil, Martyrs

In 1642 the Huron country was in great distress. Harvests were poor, sickness abounded, and clothing was scarce. Quebec was the only source of supplies, and Isaac Jogues was chosen to lead an expedition. It reached its objective safely and started back well supplied … Continue reading

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