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

Saint Finán of Lindisfarne, Bishop

February 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Finan (Fionán) .  Ora pro nobis. Saint Finan was Irish by birth and became a monk of Iona. (2) The first monk sent from Iona, to replace the noble St. Aidan as Bishop of Lindisfarne in AD 651, was the Irishman, St. Finan. His episcopate was prosperous and followed … Read more

Saint John de Britto, Confessor, Martyr

February 16 Today is the feast day of Saint John de Britto.  Ora pro nobis. Don Pedro II of Portugal, when a child, had among his little pages a modest boy of rich and princely parents. The young John de Britto (also known as Arulanandar in India) — for that was his name — had … Read more

Saint Onesimus, Bishop, Martyr

February 16 Today is the feast day of Saint Onesimus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Onesimus [also know as Saint Onesimus of Byzantium and the Holy Apostle Onesimus (4)] was a slave of Philemon, a person of note of the city of Colossae in Phrygia who had been converted to the faith by St. Paul. Having … Read more

Saint Faustinus and Saint Jovita, Martyrs

February 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Faustinus and Saint Jovita.  Orate pro nobis. Saint Faustinus and Saint Jovita were brothers, nobly born, and were zealous professors of the Christian religion, which they preached without fear in their city of Brescia in Lombardy, during the persecution of Adrian. Their remarkable zeal excited the fury … Read more

Saint Valentine, Confessor, Martyr

Saint Valentine

February 14 Today is the feast day of Saint Valentine.  Ora pro nobis.  Because of his Nuptial Masses, he became the patron of lovers, the affianced, and married couples, and fortuitous to the priest’s association with romance is the belief that halfway through the month of February, birds choose their mates, hence St. Valentine’s association … Read more

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday Lent (the word “Lent” comes from the Old English “lencten,” meaning “springtime) lasts from Ash Wednesday to the Vespers of Holy Saturday — forty days + six Sundays which don’t count as “Lent” liturgically. The Latin name for Lent, Quadragesima, means forty and refers to the forty days Christ spent in the … Read more

Saint Catherine de Ricci, Virgin


February 13 Today is the feast day of Saint Catherine de Ricci.  Ora pro nobis. Alexandrina of Ricci was the daughter of a noble Florentine. (2) Her father, Pier Francesco de’ Ricci, was one of an old and respected family of bankers and merchants. Her mother of the Ricasoli family — died when she was a … Read more

The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order, Confessors


February 12 Today is the feast day of The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order. Orate pro nobis. Can you imagine seven prominent men of any large modern city banding together, leaving their homes and profession, and going into solitude for a life directly given to God? That is what happened in the cultured and prosperous … Read more