Saint Gemma Galgani, Virgin

April 11 Today is the feast day of Saint Gemma Galgani. Ora pro nobis. Gemma Galgani was born in a small Italian town near Lucca.  She was the fourth of eight children and the eldest daughter. Her father Enrico was a pharmacist; her mother Aurelia a devout Catholic from whom she picked up her desire … Read more

Saint Fulbert of Chartres, Bishop

April 10 Today is the feast day of Saint Fulbert of Chartres.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Fulbert was born between 952 and 962. Mabillon and others think that he was born in Italy, probably at Rome; but Pfister, his latest biographer, designates as his birthplace the Diocese of Laudun in the present department of Gard … Read more

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday by Dom Prosper Gueranger 1870 Today, if ye shall hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your hearts. Early in the morning of this day, Jesus sets out for Jerusalem, leaving Mary His Mother, and the two sisters Martha and Mary Magdalene, and Lazarus, at Bethania. The Mother of sorrows … Read more

Saint Julie Billiart, Virgin

April 8 Today is the feast day of Saint Julie Billiart.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Julie Billiart (1751-1816) , was a visionary and virgin of the Church. Born to wealthy farmers in Cuvilly, France, Julie displayed an aptitude and interest in religion from an early age. By age seven, she had reportedly memorized the Catechism, … Read more

Saint Perpetuus, Bishop

April 8 Today is the feast day of Saint Perpetuus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Perpetuus was the eighth Bishop of Tours.  He was a member of the illustrious family which produced St. Eustachius, who had been his predecessor, and also St. Volusianus, who became his successor in the same episcopal see. Appointed about 460, he … Read more

Saint Juliana of Mt. Cornillon, Virgin

April 7 Today is the feast day of Saint Juliana of Mt. Cornillon.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Juliana of Mt. Cornillon (aka of Liege) was born near Liege, Belgium in 1193. Orphaned at the age of five, Juliana, together with her sister Agnes, was entrusted to the care of the Augustinian nuns at the convent and … Read more

Saint Hermann Joseph, Confessor

April 7 Today is the feast day of Saint Hermann Joseph.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Hermann  (AKA Little Hermann) was born in Cologne, Germany.  As a child he demonstrated great piety and devotion, picturing himself as a loyal and brave knight, and the Virgin Mary as his lady fair. He demonstrated great strength and presence, … Read more

Saint Celestine I, Pope

April 6 Today is the feast day of Saint Celestine I. Ora pro nobis. Nothing is known of his early history except that he was a Roman and that his father’s name was Priscus. He is said to have lived for a time at Milan with St. Ambrose; the first notice, however, concerning him that … Read more

Saint Vincent Ferrer, Confessor

April 5 Today is the feast day of Saint Vincent Ferrer.  Ora pro nobis. The Life of St. Vincent Ferrer’s From His Birth to His Religious Profession by Andre Pradel, 1875 In the middle of the fourteenth century there dwelt at Valencia, in Spain, a pious couple, who were not less distinguished by birth than … Read more

Saint Benedict the Moor, Confessor

April 4 Today is the feast day of Saint Benedict the Moor.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Benedict was born at San Philadelphio or San Fradello, a village of the Diocese of Messina in Sicily, in 1526.  He  died 4 April, 1589. The parents of St. Benedict were slaves from Ethiopia who were, nevertheless, pious Christians. … Read more