Blessed Catherine of Saint Augustine, Foundress of Canada

We have celebrated a number of 'Catherines' of late in our liturgical calendar, two of them Canadian: Kateri Tekakwitha on April 17th, the native...

Lawrence of Brindisi and the Bible

Born Guilio Cesare Russo to a family of Venetian merchants, but far to the south, in the village of Brindisi, right down on the...

The Persevering Prayer of Monica

Monica is the patron saint of mothers - not least, those who pray for the conversion of their children, an integral part of the...

Saint Denis of Paris and Saint John Leonardi of Lucca

Saint Denis, patron of Paris, was the city of lights' first bishop and of France, and one of her greatest lights. He was likely...

Teresa’s True Concept of What a Friend We Have in Jesus

On this, the 'ides' of October, the fifteenth, mid-month, we celebrate the great mystic and doctor of the Church, Teresa of Avila (+1582) who,...

The Joy of Felix of Catalice – Brother ‘Deo Gratias’

Today, Tuesday 18 May 2021, is the feast of the Capuchin lay brother St Felix of Cantalice (+1587). Certainly Brother Felix has been foundational...

God’s Shining Holiness in a Humble Priest

Wednesday 4 August 2021 is a special day for both shepherds and the flock - the feast of the holy Curé of Ars St...

Claver’s Fidelity

Saint Peter Claver (+Sept. 8, 1654) was a Jesuit priest in the first missionary fervour of Ignatius' nascent Society, a native of Spain, but...

Saint Hedwig of Silesia: Poland’s Crown and Glory

It's a special day for the Polish, as one of their patrons is celebrated, at least here in Canada, on this day - normally,...

The Hope and Courage of Charles Lwanga and Companion Martyrs

If the Church seems moribund in North America, there is hope in the vast continent of Africa, where there are untold millions of Catholics,...