Catholic Church Houses the Homeless for 500 Years

  By Evan Wing Most people today have no idea that the Catholic Church was the first Western institution to provide hospitals and housing for the poor.(For an example of a medieval Catholic hospital, click here.) The Fuggerei, a walled village within the Bavarian city of Augsburg, is considered the oldest still-operating social housing program … Read more

Dominican Friars Restoring Beauty in the Church’s Liturgy

By Kareem O’Brian Nelson Photos By: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P., The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny & Diane Yaun Since the early foundation of the Dominican Order in 1216, the friars have affirmed the beauty of God’s creation. We recently sat down with Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P., Parochial Vicar of the famously beautiful NYC churches … Read more

Millennial Sisters

“My dad knew it was for real when I left my cell phone to go into the cloister.” It’s not exactly what most Millennials have been exposed to. But in fact, it’s a trend happening all over the USA these days, though under-reported in the media. So why would modern young women enter a cloistered … Read more

The “Catholic” ETSY

By Chiara Finaldi Several Images Updated February 2021 There are many advantages to living in a Catholic country like Italy, where I am from. Whenever a sacrament is celebrated or a godchild celebrates a birthday, there’s always a little religious shop around the corner. Twenty years ago when I arrived in London, I found things … Read more

Can Your Kids Handle the Latin Mass?

By Anna-Maria Vesey Photos by Joseph Shaw Some of REGINA’s readers don’t attend a Traditional Latin Mass, but are, well, curious. Many are keen to experience for themselves why it is that so many young people and families are enthusiastic about this ancient Mass. But something is holding them back. Often, Catholics with kids wonder: … Read more

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday Good Friday (also called “Great Friday” or “Holy Friday”) is the most somber day of the entire year. A silence pervades, socializing is kept to a minimum, things are done quietly; it is a day of mourning; it is a funeral. The Temple of the Body of Christ is destroyed, capping the … Read more

Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday This day, Maundy Thursday (also “Holy Thursday” or “Shire Thursday”1) commemorates Christ’s Last Supper and the initiation of the Eucharist. Its name of “Maundy” comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “command.” This stems from Christ’s words in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give unto you.” It is the first … Read more

Saint Julius I, Pope

April 12 Today is the feast day of Saint Julius I.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Julius was by birth a Roman; he was chosen Pope on the 6th of February in 337, and was remarkable for the sanctity of his life and his zeal in strengthening the Christian faith. The impious heresy of Arius was … Read more

Wednesday in Holy Week

Today Is Wednesday in Holy Week, or Spy Wednesday. Today and during the Sacred Triduum, the Matins and Lauds of the Divine Office are often sung in a haunting service known as the Tenebrae service (“tenebrae” meaning “shadows”), which is basically a funeral service for Jesus. During the Matins on Good Friday, one by one, … Read more

Saint Leo the Great, Pope, Doctor of the Church

April 11 Today is the feast day of Saint Leo the Great.  Ora pro nobis. From the Liturgical Year, 1870 One of the grandest Saints in the Church’s Calendar is brought before us today. Leo, the Pontiff and Doctor, rises on the Paschal horizon, and calls for our admiration and love. As his name implies, … Read more