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Catholic Way: A Heavenly Friend

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My mother recently had cataract surgery. She had refused the surgery for several years, telling her doctor, “Not yet, I can still see O.K.” in the meantime the cataract in her left eye hardened to a point that her doctor had to tell her that the cataract posed a potential threat of causing permanent damage to the eye. So, she ... Read More »

Saints for Today: John XXIII, Pope (1881-1963)

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Feast Day: October 11 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was the fourth of fourteen children born to a family of sharecroppers that lived in a village in Lombardy. After his ordination as priest in 1904, Angelo returned to Rome for canon law studies. He soon worked as his bishop’s secretary, Church history teacher in the seminary, and as publisher of the diocesan paper. ... Read More »

Saints for Today: Francis of Assisi, Religious (1181-1226)


Feast Day: October 4 Francis was born to a wealthy Umbrian cloth merchant’s family. He spent his early years in song, drink, and extravagance, going through his father’s money but showing no interest in his father’s business. His companions were youths who loved the wild life. Italy didn’t become a unified kingdom until the 19th century, so in Francis’s time, frequent ... Read More »

Saints for Today: Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs (late 3rd c.)


Feast Day: September 26 Nothing is known of their lives except that they suffered martyrdom in Syria during the persecution of Diocletian. A church erected on the site of their burial place was enlarged by Emperor Justinian. Devotion to the two saints spread rapidly in both East and West. A famous basilica was erected in their honor in Constantinople. Their names ... Read More »

Saints for Today: Januarius, Bishop (late 3rd century)


Feast Day: September 19 Januarius was the bishop of Benevento, Italy, and was beheaded during the persecution of Christians by the Roman emperor Diocletian (245-313). Those that perished with Januarius were Festus, his deacon; Desiderius, a lector; Sosius and Proculus, both deacons; and two laymen, Eutyches and Acutius. They were arrested while visiting Sossus, a Christian deacon and prisoner at Pozzuoli. ... Read More »

Gateway to the Navajo Reservation: The History of St. Michael, Arizona


History of St. Michael Indian School by Martin Link Photos Courtesy of St. Michael School and Gallup Diocesan Archives Prologue – Katharine Drexel The Drexels of Philadelphia were a family of power, privilege and wealth. Francis Drexel, along with his two brothers, shared ownership of an international banking empire that included a partnership with J.P. Morgan and other well-established financiers. ... Read More »

Saints for Today: The Most Holy Name of Mary

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Feast Day: September 12 The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and in 1671 was extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1683, John Sobieski, king of Poland, brought an army to the outskirts of Vienna to stop the advance of Muslim armies loyal to Mohammed IV in Constantinople. After ... Read More »

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