Saint Clement Maria Hofbauer, Confessor

March 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Clement Maria Hofbauer.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Clement born at Tasswitz in Moravia, 26 December, 1751; died at Vienna 15 March, 1821. The family name of Dvorak was better known by its German equivalent, Hofbauer. The youngest of twelve children, and son of a grazier and butcher, he … Read more

Saint Catherine of Bologna, Abbess

March 9 Today is the feast day of Saint Catherine of Bologna.  Ora pro nobis. The birth of Saint Catherine of Bologna was foretold to her devout father by the Blessed Virgin, with the announcement that the child would be a brilliant light throughout the world. On the feast of the Annunciation of Our Lady … Read more

Blessed Charles the Good

March 2 Today is the feast day of Blessed Charles the Good.  Ora pro nobis.  Charles (1083-1127) was the son of St. Canute (or Knud), King of Denmark. His father was murdered when Charles was age five, and his mother Adele took him to the court of her father, the Count of Flanders, in Bruges. … Read more

Blessed Isabella of France, Abbess

February 26 Today is the feast day of Blessed Isabella of France.  Ora pro nobis. Blessed Isabella was the daughter of King Louis VIII and Queen Blanche of Castile. Isabelle was born in 1225. At less than two years of age, she lost her father, but her mother gave her a complete formation, assisted by … Read more

Saint Margaret of Cortona, Widow

February 22 Today is the feast day of Saint Margaret of Cortona.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Margaret was born at Laviano in Tuscany in 1247; died at Cortona, 22 February, 1297. At the age of seven years Margaret lost her mother and two years later her father married a second time. Between the daughter and her … Read more

Saint Severianus of Scythopolis, Bishop, Martyr

February 21 Today is the feast day of Saint Severianus.  Ora pro nobis. We have no information on Saint Severianus’ (Severian) early life. During the reign of Marcian and Saint Pulcheria in the Eastern Empire, the ecumenical Council of Chalcedon, which condemned the Eutychian heresy of oriental origin, was approved by Saint Euthymius, an abbot of great … Read more

Saint Eucherius of Orleans, Bishop

February 20 Today is the feast day of Saint Eucherius.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Eucherius was born at Orleans.  At his birth his parents dedicated him to God, for his mother had been advised in a vision that he would some day be Bishop of the city of Orleans. They took great care to form both … Read more

Saint Conrad of Piacenza, Hermit

February 19 Today is the feast day of Saint Conrad of Piacenza.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Conrad date of birth uncertain. He died at Noto in Sicily, 19 February, 1351. He belonged to one of the noblest families of Piacenza, and having married when he was quite young, led a virtuous and God-fearing life. On one … Read more

Saint Bernadette Soubirous, Virgin

February 18 Today is the feast day of Saint Bernadette Soubirous.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Bernadette Soubirous was born at Lourdes, in the Pyrenees mountains, in 1844. This young girl, fragile of health, born of a very poor but pious family, at fourteen years of age witnessed eighteen apparitions of Our Blessed Lady at Lourdes, from … Read more

Saint Flavian of Constantinople, Bishop, Martyr

February 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Flavian of Constantinople.  Ora pro nobis. Nothing is known of Saint Flavian before his elevation to the episcopate save that he was a presbyter and skeuophylax or sacristan, of the Church of Constantinople, and noted for the holiness of his life. (2)  His succession to St. Proclus as … Read more