Saint Basil the Great, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church

June 14 Today is the feast day of Saint Basil.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Basil was born probably 329; and died January 1, 379. He ranks after Athanasius as a defender of the Oriental Church against the heresies of the fourth century. With his friend Gregory of Nazianzus and his brother Gregory of Nyssa, he … Read more

Saint John of Facundo, Confessor

June 12 Today is the feast day of Saint John of Facundo (or Sahagun).  Ora pro nobis.  John, the oldest of seven children, was born of pious and respected parents, John Gonzalez de Castrillo and Sancia Martinez. He received his first education from the Benedictines of his native place. According to the custom of the … Read more

The Solemn Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Today is the Feast of the Holy Trinity. Every Sunday is dedicated to the worship of the Triune God, and is called accordingly the Lord’s day; but the first Sunday after Pentecost is appointed by the Church a special feast of the Most Holy Trinity, because this mystery, as the fundamental doctrine of the Christian … Read more

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi

June 9 Today is the feast day/memorial of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi.  Ora pro nobis. Anna Maria Gianetti was born in Siena, Italy.  Her parents, Luigi Giannetti and Maria Masi, kept an apothecary shop at Siena, but lost all their fortune and were obliged to go to Rome in search of a livelihood. She joined … Read more

Saint Medard, Bishop

June 8 Today is the feast day of Saint Medard.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Medard was one of the most illustrious prelates of the Church of France in the late fifth and the sixth century.  He was born in Picardy of a pious and noble family in about the year 457, in the time of Childeric and … Read more

Saint William, Bishop of York, Confessor

June 8 Today is the feast day of Saint William.  Ora pro nobis. Tradition represents Saint William (WILLIAM FITZHERBERT, also called WILLIAM OF THWAYT) as nephew of King Stephen, whose sister Emma was believed to have married Herbert of Winchester, treasurer to Henry I. William became a priest, and about 1130 he was canon and … Read more

Saint Robert of Newminster, Confessor

June 7 Today is the feast day of Saint Robert of Newminster.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Robert was born in the district of Craven, Yorkshire, probably at the village of Gargrave.  He studied at the University of Paris, where he is said to have composed a commentary on the Psalms; became parish priest at Gargrave, … Read more

Saint Norbert, Bishop and Confessor

June 6 Today is the feast day of Saint Norbert.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Norbert was born at Kanten on the left bank of the Rhine, near Wesel, c. 1080.  His father, Heribert, Count of Gennep, was related to the imperial house of Germany, and his house of Lorraine. (4) by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, … Read more

Whit Sunday, The Day of Pentecost

The Feast of Pentecost Sunday, Whit Sunday by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.”–Acts ii, 4.   “And He commanded that they should not depart from Jerusalem; but should wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard,” said He, “by My mouth, that you … Read more

The Holy Martyrs of Uganda

June 3 Today is the feast day of the Holy Martyrs of Uganda.  Orate pro nobis. These Saints lived in the area of Central Africa called Uganda. Never had anyone spoken the name of God in that land, and the devil ruled there by means of slavery, sorcery and cannibalism. One day in 1879, Father … Read more