Author Archives: John Yochum


Saint of the Day for March 27 Post by Franciscan Media Lazarus’ Story Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, the brother of Martha and Mary, was the one of whom the Jews said, “See how much he loved him.” In their sight, Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead. Legends abound about the life of Lazarus after the death and ... Read More »

Saint Catherine of Genoa

Saint of the Day for March 26 (1447 – September 15, 1510) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Catherine of Genoa’s story Going to confession one day was the turning point of Catherine’s life. When Catherine was born, many Italian nobles were supporting Renaissance artists and writers. The needs of the poor and the sick were often overshadowed by a hunger ... Read More »

Annunciation of the Lord

Saint of the Day for March 25 Post by Franciscan Media The Story of the Annunciation of the Lord The feast of the Annunciation, now recognized as a solemnity, was first celebrated in the fourth or fifth century. Its central focus is the Incarnation: God has become one of us. From all eternity God had decided that the Second Person ... Read More »

Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero

Saint of the Day for March 24 (August 15, 1917 – March 24, 1980) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Oscar Romero’s Story The night before he was murdered while celebrating Mass, Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador said on the radio: “I would like to appeal in a special way to the men of the army, and in particular to the ... Read More »

Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo

Saint of the Day for March 23 (November 16, 1538 – March 23, 1606) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo’s Story Together with Rose of Lima, Turibius is the first known saint of the New World, serving the Lord in Peru, South America, for 26 years. Born in Spain and educated for the law, he became so brilliant ... Read More »

Saint Nicholas Owen

Saint of the Day for March 22 (? – 1606) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Nicholas Owen’s Story Nicholas, familiarly known as “Little John,” was small in stature but big in the esteem of his fellow Jesuits. Born at Oxford, this humble artisan saved the lives of many priests and laypersons in England during the penal times (1559-1829), when a ... Read More »

Blessed John of Parma

Saint of the Day for March 21 (1209–1289) Post by Franciscan Media Blessed John of Parma’s Story The seventh general minister of the Franciscan Order, John was known for his attempts to bring back the earlier spirit of the Order after the death of Saint Francis of Assisi. He was born in Parma, Italy, in 1209. It was when he was ... Read More »

Saint Salvator of Horta

Saint of the Day for March 20 (1520 – March 18, 1567) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Salvator of Horta’s Story A reputation for holiness does have some drawbacks. Public recognition can be a nuisance at times—as the confreres of Salvator found out. Salvator was born during Spain’s Golden Age. Art, politics, and wealth were flourishing. So was religion. Ignatius ... Read More »

Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary

Saint of the Day for March 19 Post by Franciscan Media Saint Joseph’s Story The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a “just” man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness in paying debts. When the Bible speaks of God “justifying” someone, it means that God, the all-holy or “righteous” one, so transforms a person that the ... Read More »

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

Image: Detail | Stained glass of Saints Cyril of Jerusalem & Bernard of Clairvaux | Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Dayton, Ohio | photo by Nheyob Saint of the Day for March 18 (c. 315 – March 18, 386) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Cyril of Jerusalem’s Story The crises that the Church faces today may seem minor when ... Read More »