Saint Conrad of Parzham, Confessor

April 21 Today is the feast day of Saint Conrad.  Ora pro nobis. St Conrad of Parzham, whose baptismal name was John, was the son of the devout and honest couple George Birndorfer and Gertrude Niedermayer. He was born on a farm near the town of Parzham in Bavaria in the year 1818. (2) When … Read more

Saint Expeditus of Melitene, Martyr

April 19 Today is the feast day of Saint Expeditus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Expeditus (Elpidus, Expedite) little is known. Expeditus was possibly born in Armenia, at an unknown date. He was a Christian martyr, but not much else is known about him. (2)  Some would claim that Saint Expedite really did not exist.  He is … Read more

Saint Elphege, Bishop, Martyr

April 19 Today is the feast day of Saint Elphege.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Elphege (Alphege, Aelfheah, also called Godwine ) was born near Bath, England.  He entered religious life early on, giving up his inheritance, and leaving his widowed mother to enter the monastery at Deerhurst Abbey in Gloucestershire. (3) He became a monk … Read more

Saint Leo IX, Pope

April 19 Today is the feast day of Saint Leo IX. Ora pro nobis. Pope St. Leo IX was born at Egisheim, near Colmar, Germany, on the borders of Alsace, 21 June, 1002, and died on 19 April, 1054. He belonged to a noble family which had given and was to give many saints to … Read more

Blessed Marie de l’Incarnation, Widow

April 18 Today is the feast day of Blessed Marie de l’Incarnation.  Ora pro nobis.  Known also as Madame Acarie, foundress of the French Carmel, born in Paris, 1 February, 1566; died at Pontoise, April, 1618. By her family Barbara Avrillot belonged to the higher bourgeois society in Paris. Her father, Nicholas Avrillot was accountant general … Read more

Saint Apollonius, Martyr

April 18 Today is the feast day of Saint Apollonius.  Ora pro nobis.  At Rome, commemoration of Saint Apollonius, philosopher and martyr. Under the Emperor Commodus, he defended, before the Prefect Perennius and the Senate, the cause of the Christian faith in a finely argued address, and then, after being condemned to death, confirmed it by … Read more

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, Confessor

April 16 Today is the feast day of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Benedict Joseph Labre was born 26 March, 1748 at Amettes in the Diocese of Boulogne, France. He was the eldest of fifteen children. His parents, Jean-Baptiste Labre and Anne-Barba Grandsire, belonged to the middle class and so were able to … Read more

The Oath Against Modernism

The Oath Against Modernism What happened to this oath? Is it still being said? There is a good article by Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton about the background of the Oath (3) and Sacrorum antistitum by Saint Pius X dated July 7, 1907:  The oath continued to be taken until 17 July 1967, when the Congregation for the Doctrine … Read more

Saint Paternus, Bishop

April 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Paternus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Paternus (called by the French Patier, Pair, and Foix) was born at Poitiers, of illustrious Christian parents, about the year 482. His father, Patranus, with the consent of his wife went to Ireland to end his days as a hermit in … Read more

Saint Peter Gonzales, Confessor

April 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Peter Gonzales.  Ora pro nobis. Peter Gonzalez was born in 1190 in the city of Astorga, Spain, of an illustrious family.  His parents, wishing him to achieve a prestigious office, offered him to be raised by his maternal uncle, the bishop of Astorga. (2) He was brought … Read more

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