Author Archives: John Yochum

Blessed Angeline of Marsciano

Blessed Angeline of Marsciano Saint of the Day for June 4 (1377 – July 14, 1435) Post by Franciscan Media Blessed Angeline of Marsciano’s Story Blessed Angeline founded the first community of Franciscan women other than Poor Clares to receive papal approval. Angeline was born to the Duke of Marsciano near Orvieto. She was 12 when her mother died. Three years ... Read More »

Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions

Saint of the Day for June 3 (d. between November 15, 1885 – January 27, 1887) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions’ Story One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, Charles Lwanga is the patron of youth and Catholic action in most of tropical Africa. He protected his fellow pages, aged 13 to 30, from the homosexual demands of the ... Read More »

Saints Marcellinus and Peter

Saint of the Day for June 2 (d. 304) Post by Franciscan Media Saints Marcellinus and Peter’s Story Marcellinus and Peter were prominent enough in the memory of the Church to be included among the saints of the Roman Canon. Mention of their names is optional in our present Eucharistic Prayer I. Marcellinus was a priest and Peter was an exorcist, ... Read More »

Saint Justin Martyr

Saint of the Day for June 1 (c. 100 – 165) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Justin Martyr’s Story Justin never ended his quest for religious truth even when he converted to Christianity after years of studying various pagan philosophies. As a young man, he was principally attracted to the school of Plato. However, he found that the Christian religion answered ... Read More »

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint of the Day for May 31 Post by Franciscan Media The Story of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969, in order to follow the ... Read More »

Saint Joan of Arc

Saint of the Day for May 30 (January 6, 1412 – May 30, 1431) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Joan of Arc’s Story Burned at the stake as a heretic after a politically-motivated trial, Joan was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. Born of a fairly well-to-do peasant couple in Domremy-Greux southeast of Paris, Joan was only 12 when she experienced a vision ... Read More »

Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat

Saint of the Day for May 29 (December 12, 1779 – May 25, 1865) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat’s Story The legacy of Madeleine Sophie Barat can be found in the more than 100 schools operated by her Society of the Sacred Heart, institutions known for the quality of the education made available to the young. Sophie herself ... Read More »

Venerable Pierre Toussaint

Saint of the Day for May 28 (June 27, 1766 – June 30, 1853) Post by Franciscan Media Venerable Pierre Toussaint’s Story Born in modern-day Haiti and brought to New York City as a slave, Pierre died a free man, a renowned hairdresser, and one of New York City’s most well-known Catholics. Plantation owner Pierre Bérard made Toussaint a house slave ... Read More »

Saint Augustine of Canterbury

Saint of the Day for May 27 (? – May 26, 605) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Augustine of Canterbury’s Story In the year 596, some 40 monks set out from Rome to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons in England. Leading the group was Augustine, the prior of their monastery. Hardly had he and his men reached Gaul when they heard stories of ... Read More »

Saint Philip Neri

Saint of the Day for May 26 (July 21, 1515 – May 26, 1595) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Philip Neri’s Story Philip Neri was a sign of contradiction, combining popularity with piety against the background of a corrupt Rome and a disinterested clergy: the whole post-Renaissance malaise. At an early age, Philip abandoned the chance to become a businessman, moved to Rome ... Read More »