Author Archives: John Yochum

Saint Fabian

Image: Detail from Saint John the Baptist, Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian | Miguel Ximénez Saint of the Day for January 19 (c. 200 – January 20, 250) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Fabian’s Story Fabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were preparing to elect a new ... Read More »

Saint Charles of Sezze

Image: Saint Charles from Sezze, Immaculate’s church, Latina | Antonio Sicurezza Saint of the Day for January 18 (October 19, 1613 – January 6, 1670) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Charles of Sezze’s Story Charles thought that God was calling him to be a missionary in India, but he never got there. God had something better for this 17th-century successor ... Read More »

Saint Anthony of Egypt (Saint Anthony the Abbot)

Saint of the Day for January 17 (251 – 356) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Anthony of Egypt’s Story The life of Anthony will remind many people of Saint Francis of Assisi. At 20, Anthony was so moved by the Gospel message, “Go, sell what you have, and give to [the] poor” (Mark 10:21b), that he actually did just that ... Read More »

Saint Berard and Companions

Saint of the Day for January 16 (d. January 16, 1220) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Berard and Companions’ Story Preaching the gospel is often dangerous work. Leaving one’s homeland and adjusting to new cultures, governments and languages is difficult enough; but martyrdom caps all the other sacrifices. In 1219, with the blessing of Saint Francis, Berard left Italy with Peter, Adjute, ... Read More »

Saint Paul the Hermit

Saint Paul the Hermit | Jusepe de Ribera” width=”790″ height=”480″> Image: Saint Paul the Hermit | Jusepe de Ribera Saint of the Day for January 15 (c. 233 – c. 345) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Paul the Hermit’s Story It is unclear what we really know of Paul’s life, how much is fable, how much is fact. Paul was ... Read More »

Saint Gregory Nazianzen

Saint of the Day for January 14 (c. 325 – c. 390) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Gregory Nazianzen’s Story After his baptism at 30, Gregory gladly accepted his friend Basil’s invitation to join him in a newly founded monastery. The solitude was broken when Gregory’s father, a bishop, needed help in his diocese and estate. It seems that Gregory was ... Read More »

Saint Hilary of Poitiers

Saint of the Day for January 13 (c. 315 – c. 368) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Hilary of Poitiers’ Story This staunch defender of the divinity of Christ was a gentle and courteous man, devoted to writing some of the greatest theology on the Trinity, and was like his Master in being labeled a “disturber of the peace.” In ... Read More »

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys

Saint of the Day for January 12 (April 17, 1620 – January 12, 1700) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys’ Story “God closes a door and then opens a window,” people sometimes say when dealing with their own disappointment or someone else’s. That was certainly true in Marguerite’s case. Children from European as well as Native American backgrounds in 17th-century ... Read More »

Blessed William Carter

Saint of the Day for January 11 (c. 1548 – January 11, 1584) Post by Franciscan Media Blessed William Carter’s Story Born in London, William Carter entered the printing business at an early age. For many years he served as apprentice to well-known Catholic printers, one of whom served a prison sentence for persisting in the Catholic faith. William himself ... Read More »