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Saints for Today: John XXIII and John Paul II, Popes (20th c.)


Canonization Date: Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014. This Sunday marks a glorious day when Pope Francis canonizes and declares saints, Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. More than 1 million people are expected to enter into the Eternal City, and many more via television and social media to witness an historic event adding to the ... Read More »

Houck Parish Welcomes New Kateri Circle


by Sr. Josephine Goebel, CSA A new Kateri Circle was formed at St. John Evangelist Parish and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Mission, Houck, on February 9th, 2014. The meeting was well attended. Kathy Laughing, Vi Blackman and Patsy Billison, Kateri Circle members from St. Michaels and Fort Defiance, were present to explain the purpose and activities of the organization. During meetings, ... Read More »

Saints for Today: Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr (1030-1079)


Feast Day: April 11 Anyone who reads the history of Eastern Europe cannot help but chance on the name of Stanislaus, the saintly but tragic bishop of Krakow, patron of Poland. He is remembered with Saints Thomas More and Thomas Becket for vigorous opposition to the evils of an unjust government. Stanislaus was born into a well-to-do family. After being ... Read More »

Saints for Today: Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus (1st c.)


Solemnity: March 19 The chief sources of information on the life of St. Joseph, described as a “just man”, are the first chapters of our first and third Gospels. They are practically also the only reliable sources on the holy patriarch’s life, as on many other points connected with the Saviour’s history which are left untouched by the canonical writings. ... Read More »

Saints for Today: Patrick, Bishop (385-461)


Feast Day: March 17. The Christianization of Celtic Ireland, an island never colonized by Rome, is generally assumed to have been the work of St. Patrick. Patrick is not merely the patron saint of Ireland alongside Sts. Columba and Brigid, but is perhaps the best known of all such national patron saints, his fame exported around the world by generations ... Read More »

Saints for Today: David, Bishop (500-589)


Feast Day: March 1st  St. David is patron saint of Wales with over 50 churches dedicated to him in the south of the country, including the monastery he founded at Menevia, today simply called St. David’s. Even though part of his life is recorded as legendary, he clearly existed and appears to have been a strong preacher, teacher, and missionary. ... Read More »

Saints for Today: Founders of the Servite Order (13th C.)

Feast Day: February 17 These devout Florentines came from some of the most famous and prosperous families of Florence, Italy. Deeply affected by the excessive humanism, immorality, and materialism of the city, these men joined a confraternity of the Blessed Virgin and later founded a new Order of Friars, called the Servants of Mary. As they progressed in the spiritual ... Read More »

Saints for Today: Cyril and Methodius, Monk (869) and Bishop (884)

Feast Day: February 14 Because their father was an officer in a part of Greece inhabited by many Slavs, these two Greek brothers ultimately became missionaries, teachers, and patrons of the Slavic peoples. Side by side, these two brothers are venerated as apostles of the Southern Slavs and fathers of Slavic literature. Cyril and Methodius were scholarly men from Thessalonica, ... Read More »

Saints for Today: Josephine Bakhita, Nun (1869-1947)


Feast Day: February 8 Kidnapped and sold into slavery at the age of seven by Arab slave traders, this Sudanese child (her original name is not known) received the name Bakhita, meaning “fortunate,” from her captors. Bakhita passed through five brutal owners, one of whom had her tattooed over her entire body, sparing only her face. After enduring years of ... Read More »

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