Saint Soter, Saint Caius, (Popes) and Saint Leonides. Martyrs.

April 22 Today is the feast day of Saint Soter, Saint Caius, and Saint Leonides.  Orate pro nobis. Saint Soter was raised to the papacy upon the death of Saint Anicetus in 161. By the sweetness of his discourses he comforted all afflicted persons with the tenderness of a father, and assisted the indigent with … Read more

Saint Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

April 21 Today is the feast day of Saint Anselm.  Ora pro nobis. His father, Gundulf, was a Lombard who had become a citizen of Aosta, and his mother, Ermenberga, came of an old Burgundian family. Like many other saints, Anselm learnt the first lessons of piety from his mother, and at a very early … Read more

Saint Agnes of Montepulciano, Virgin

April 20 Today is the feast day of Saint Agnes of Montepulciano.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Agnes was named for Saint Agnes of Rome. Her father was an eminent Christian who dwelt in the village of Gracciano Vecchio, near the Lake of Perugia in central Italy. The birth of Agnes was marked by the first of many miraculous … Read more

Saint Anicetus, Pope, Martyr

April 17 Today is the feast day of Pope Saint Anicetus.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 St. Anicetus, the twelfth Pope after St. Peter, first saw the light of day in Syria, toward the end of the first century. He was carefully educated by his parents, and was gifted by God … Read more

Saint Stephen Harding, Abbot

April 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Stephen Harding.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Stephen Harding, son of an English noble, consecrated himself very early to the monastic life in the Abbey of Sherbonne in Dorsetshire. He was sent to France and pursued a brilliant course in humanities, philosophy and theology. (3) After a … Read more

Easter Sunday

Today is Easter Sunday. The Temple of Christ’s Body is restored; He is risen, alleluia! Today is the Feast of Feasts! On this, the holiest day of the entire year, and for the entire Octave of Easter, Latin Catholics greet each other with the words of Luke 24:34, “Surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia!” (“The Lord is … Read more

Holy Saturday

Today is Holy Saturday. Christ is in His tomb. Rather, His Body is in the tomb, but when His Soul left His Body, He descended into Hell to “free the captives.” “Hell” here refers to the place of the dead in general (“Sheol” in the Hebrew, or “Hades” in the Greek), not to the place … Read more

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