Saint of the Day

Saint Ephremm June 9

Saint Ephremm  June 9

Poet, teacher, orator, and defender of the faith, Ephrem is the only Syrian recognized as a doctor of the Church. He took upon himself the special task of opposing the many false doctrines rampant at his time, always remaining a true and forceful defender of the Catholic Church.Born in Nisibis, Mesopotamia, he was baptized as a young man and became famous as a teacher in his native city. When the Christian emperor had to cede Nisibis to the Persians, Ephrem fled as a refugee to Edessa, along with many other Christians. He is credited with attracting great glory to the...

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Saint William Of York June 8

Saint William Of York  June 8

June 8. Saint William of York, also Saint William fitzHerbert, faced great obstacles as Archbishop of York just trying to take hold of his diocese. His ordination as bishop was refused, then it was performed by another bishop but then not recognized by Rome, and then, when he finally took over his diocese, he died within a few months.

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St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi May 25

St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi  May 25

De' Pazzi was born at Florence, Italy, on April 2, 1566,to Camillo di Geri de' Pazzi, a member of one of the wealthiest and most distinguished noble families of Renaissance Florence, and Maria Buondelmonti. She was christened Caterina, but in the family was called Lucrezia, out of respect for her paternal grandmother, Lucrezia Mannucci. At the age of nine de' Pazzi was taught how to meditate by the family chaplain, using a then-recently-published work explaining how one should meditate on the Passion of Christ. Years later, this book was one of the items she brought with her to the monastery.Around the age of nine is also when de' Pazzi...

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Saint Rita of Cascia May 22

Saint Rita of Cascia     May 22

Saint Rita of Cascia’s Story Like Elizabeth Ann Seton, Rita of Cascia was a wife, mother, widow, and member of a religious community. Her holiness was reflected in each phase of her life. Born at Roccaporena in central Italy, Rita wanted to become a nun but was pressured at a young age into marrying a harsh and cruel man. During her 18-year marriage, she bore and raised two sons. After her husband was killed in a brawl and her sons had died, Rita tried to join the Augustinian nuns in Cascia. Unsuccessful at first because she was a widow, Rita...

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Saint Celestine May 19

Saint Celestine May 19

The real name of St Celestine was Pietro Da Morrone or Pietro Del Murrone, (born 1215, Isernia?, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies—died May 19, 1296, near Ferentino, Papal States; canonized May 5, 1313; feast day May 19), pope from July 5 to Dec. 13, 1294, the first pontiff to abdicate. He founded the Celestine order. When the father of this Italian saint died, his good mother brought up her twelve children well, even though they were very poor. "Oh, if I could only have the joy of seeing one of you become a saint!" she use to say. Once when she asked as usual, "which one of you is going...

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