When England Was Catholic

In the years before the Protestant Reformation, huge sums of money were raised to rebuild, enlarge and beautify parish churches.  In England today, large medieval churches can be found even in some of the smallest villages or settlements. By Patrick Martin Five hundred years ago, a visitor to an English village would have stepped into … Read more

Royalty in the Cathedral

by Meghan Ferrara PHOTO BY MARY LOU OLSEN Out of the blazing sun, I stepped across the threshold into the cool sanctuary of the Cathedral. It was August 24, 2014 — the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Louis and the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St Louis. I was … Read more

Catholic Dance Party

PHOTOS BY Evan Roesler It happens once a month, smack dab in the middle of one of the Left Coast’s most ‘progressive’ cities:  Portland, Oregon. Dozens of young Catholics from five -area parishes have way too much fun doing what their local peers can only dream of — dancing the night away with a bunch … Read more

Rain in the Rectory

A Conversation with Canon Cristofoli Interview and photos by Michael Durnan It’s a neo-Gothic gem of a Catholic Church, perched high over once-Catholic Preston England. And now, St Walburge’s, along with the city’s breath-taking English Martyr’s Church, have been placed into the care of the Institute of Christ the King. Why is Preston ‘once Catholic’? … Read more

Trad Newlyweds

Cynthia and Joe met on Facebook, but alas, the path of true love is never straight, especially on social media. Due to Joe’s unusual sense of humor, things got off to a rocky start. However, in due course they were engaged in a live video last year, and married in May in a Sung High … Read more

Pro-Life Paris

By Meghan Ferrara If it’s hard for you to imagine 40,000 young people storming Paris to march for life, there’s a reason for your difficulties. Basically, it’s because you – and the rest of the world — have the impression that Paris is a left-leaning city where such things simply do not happen. Why does … Read more

Saint Heribert of Cologne, Bishop

March 16 Today is the feast day of Saint Heribert of Cologne.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Heribert was born at Worms, about 970. He  died at Cologne, 16 March, 1021. His father was Duke Hugo of Worms. (1) After receiving his education at the cathedral school of Worms, he spent some time as guest at … Read more

Saint Zachary, Pope

March 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Zachary, Pope.  Ora pro nobis. Year of birth unknown; died in March, 752. Zachary sprang from a Greek family living in Calabria; his father, according to the “Liber Pontificalis”, was called Polichronius. Most probably he was a deacon of the Roman Church and as such signed … Read more

Saint Clement Maria Hofbauer, Confessor

March 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Clement Maria Hofbauer.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Clement born at Tasswitz in Moravia, 26 December, 1751; died at Vienna 15 March, 1821. The family name of Dvorak was better known by its German equivalent, Hofbauer. The youngest of twelve children, and son of a grazier and butcher, he … Read more

Saint Catherine of Bologna, Abbess

March 9 Today is the feast day of Saint Catherine of Bologna.  Ora pro nobis. The birth of Saint Catherine of Bologna was foretold to her devout father by the Blessed Virgin, with the announcement that the child would be a brilliant light throughout the world. On the feast of the Annunciation of Our Lady … Read more

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