Author Archives: Emily Wischnowski

Saint Peter Claver

Saint of the Day for September 9 (June 26, 1581 – September 8, 1654) Stained glass window in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Andrew in Dormagen in Rhein-Kreis Neuss (Nordrhein-Westfalen) | photo by GFreihalter Post by Franciscan Media Saint Peter Claver’s Story A native of Spain, young Jesuit Peter Claver left his homeland forever in 1610 to be ... Read More »

Blessed Claudio Granzotto

Saint of the Day for September 6 (August 23, 1900 – August 15, 1947) Blessed Claudio Granzotto | photo by Infovalli It | flickr Post by Franciscan Media Blessed Claudio Granzotto’s Story Born in Santa Lucia del Piave near Venice, Claudio was the youngest of nine children and was accustomed to hard work in the fields. At the age of 9, ... Read More »

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Saint of the Day for September 5 (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s Story Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the tiny woman recognized throughout the world for her work among the poorest of the poor, was beatified October 19, 2003. Among those present were hundreds of Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded ... Read More »

Saint Rose of Viterbo

Saint of the Day for September 4 (1233 – March 6, 1251) Post by Franciscan Media Santa Rosa e San Donnino | fresco, Duomo di Ivrea | photo by Laurom Saint Rose of Viterbo’s Story Even as a child, Rose had a great desire to pray and to aid the poor. While still very young, she began a life of penance in ... Read More »

Saint Gregory the Great

Saint of the Day for September 3 (c. 540 – March 12, 604) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Gregory the Great | Jusepe de Ribera, also known as José de Ribera Saint Gregory the Great’s Story Gregory was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate, and became ... Read More »

Martyrdom of John the Baptist

Saint of the Day for August 29 The Story of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist Salome with the Head of John the Baptist | Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio Post by Franciscan Media The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honor, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of ... Read More »

Queenship of Mary

Saint of the Day for August 22 Virgin of the Deliverance | Ernest Hébert Post by Franciscan Media The Story of the Queenship of Mary Pope Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, ... Read More »

Saint Pius X

Saint of the Day for August 21 (June 2, 1835 – August 20, 1914) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Pius X’s Story Pope Pius X is perhaps best remembered for his encouragement of the frequent reception of Holy Communion, especially by children. The second of 10 children in a poor Italian family, Joseph Sarto became Pius X at age 68. ... Read More »

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Saint of the Day for August 20 (1090 – August 20, 1153) Stained glass representing St. Bernard of Clairvaux | photo by Jastrow (2006) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Bernard of Clairvaux’s Story Man of the century! Woman of the century! You see such terms applied to so many today—“golfer of the century,” “composer of the century,” “right tackle of ... Read More »