Saint Willibrord, Bishop

November 7 Today is the feast day of Saint Willibrord.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Willibrord was born in Northumberland (northeastern England) in 657. His father (Saint Hilgis) left the world to enter a monastery, and is honored as a Saint in the monastery of Echternach in the diocese of Treves, and named in the English … Read more

Saint Winnoc, Confessor

November 6 Today is the feast day of Saint Winnoc.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Winnoc (Welsh: Gwynnog; Latin: Winocus; English: Winnock) was born about 640.  He may have been the son of Saint Judicael, Prince of Domnonee.  His life, was written by a monk of St. Bertin in the middle of the ninth century, or perhaps … Read more

Saint Leonard of Limousin (Noblac), Confessor

November 6 Today is the feast day of Saint Leonard of Limousin (Noblac) .  Ora pro nobis. O Almighty God, who hast called us to faith in thee, and bast compassed us about with so great a cloud of witnesses; Grant that we, encouraged by the good examples of thy Saints, and especially of thy … Read more

Saints Zekeriah and Elizabeth

November 5 Today is the feast day of Saints Zekeriah and Elizabeth.  Orate pro nobis. Saints Zekeriah (Zachary) and Elizabeth were the parents of St. John the Baptist. Zachary was a priest of the Old Covenant, and his wife was of the family of Aaron: both were “well approved in God’s sight, following all the … Read more

Feast of the Holy Relics

November 5 Today is the Feast of the Holy Relics. During the last session of the Council of Trent (1559–63), the Church spelled out her teaching on the veneration of relics. “[T]he holy bodies of the holy martyrs now living with Christ-which bodies were the living members of Christ and the temple of the Holy … Read more

Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

November 4 Today is the feast day of Saint Charles Borromeo.  Ora pro nobis. We beseech Thee, O Lord, keep Thy Church under the continual protection of Saint Charles Thy Confessor and Bishop; and as his pastoral care made him glorious, so may we through his intercession every grow in fervor of love for Thee.  … Read more

Saint Martin de Porres, Confessor

November 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Martin de Porres.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru in 1579, during the days when Spanish noblemen and many adventurers were still in the land, fascinated by the lure of the gold and silver.  His father was a Spanish noble … Read more

Saint Hubert, Bishop

November 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Hubert.  Ora pro nobis. Hubert (Hubertus) was born in the European city of Maastricht. The son of a non-Christian nobleman of Aquitaine (southwestern France), he was raised at the court of Thierry III, son of Clovis II, and was esteemed there for his probity and prudence. … Read more

Saint Elesbaan, King of Ethiopia, Confessor

October 27 Today is the feast day of Saint Elesbaan.  Ora pro nobis. The Axumite Ethiopians, whose dominions were extended from the western coast of the Red Sea, very far on the continent, were in the sixth century a powerful and flourishing nation. St. Elesbaan their king, during the reign of Justin the Elder, in … Read more

Saint Frumentius, Bishop

October 27 Today is the feast day of Saint Frumentius.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Frumentius was born in Tyre, Lebanon.  Frumentius and his brother were taken on a voyage to Ethiopia while still young children by their uncle, Meropius, a Christian philosopher and explorer. During the voyage, tragedy struck and the ship was attacked by … Read more