Saint John of Beverley, Bishop

May 7 Today is the feast day of Saint John of Beverley. Ora pro nobis. John was born of noble parents at Harpham, Humberside. (1) In early life he was under the care of Archbishop Theodore, at Canterbury, who supervised his education, and is reputed to have given him the name of John. (3)   He … Read more

Tom Evans, Millennial Working Class Hero

by Beverly Stevens, REGINA Editor Millennials, your hero has awakened.   To a generation often depicted as a bunch of whining, posing slackers: you have been vindicated. And most especially to the young men of the Millennial generation — so often slandered as porn-addicted, self-indulgent and without honor:  a real life hero, far better and nobler … Read more

The Oath Against Modernism

The Oath Against Modernism What happened to this oath? Is it still being said? There is a good article by Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton about the background of the Oath (3) and Sacrorum antistitum by Saint Pius X dated July 7, 1907:  The oath continued to be taken until 17 July 1967, when the Congregation for the Doctrine … Read more

Home Blessings

Move into a new home or apartment?  Feeling the walls move? Snakes crawling on your walls? Demons been acting up in your family?   Get some blessed salt and Holy Water, and do what Catholics do: bless your dwelling. Plate showing Saint Simeon Stylites on his column with a snake. (wiki) BLESSING OF HOME P: Our … Read more

Aristocrats Who Guarded the Pope

By Evan Wing Did you know that, until 1970, the Holy See had its own cavalry corps?   The Pontifical Noble Guard was a regiment of heavy cavalry created by Pope Pius VII in 1801 to defend the Papal States. Much like knightly companies of the medieval and renaissance periods, members of the regiment were … Read more

When England Was Catholic

In the years before the Protestant Reformation, huge sums of money were raised to rebuild, enlarge and beautify parish churches.  In England today, large medieval churches can be found even in some of the smallest villages or settlements. By Patrick Martin Five hundred years ago, a visitor to an English village would have stepped into … Read more

Rain in the Rectory

A Conversation with Canon Cristofoli Interview and photos by Michael Durnan It’s a neo-Gothic gem of a Catholic Church, perched high over once-Catholic Preston England. And now, St Walburge’s, along with the city’s breath-taking English Martyr’s Church, have been placed into the care of the Institute of Christ the King. Why is Preston ‘once Catholic’? … Read more

The Season of Septuagesima

The Season of Septuagesima Are you ready for Lent?    Definition Septuagesima and Lent are both times of penance; Septuagesima being a time of voluntary fasting in preparation for the obligatory Great Fast of Lent. The theme is the Babylonian exile, the “mortal coil” we must endure as we await the Heavenly Jerusalem. Sobriety and … Read more

Quindlen’s Christmas

Quindlen’s Christmas By George Galloway PART ONE: Honest John   In the year of Our Lord, 1933, in Philadelphia, one was used to walking at a young age, let’s say at conception. It has always been true that Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods. Naturally, people walk through, between, around, and into and out of … Read more