Author Archives: John Yochum

Saints Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin

Saint of the Day for September 25 (August 22, 1823 – July 29, 1894; December 23, 1831 – August 28, 1877) Post by Franciscan Media Saints Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin’s Story Born into a military family in Bordeaux, Louis trained to become a watchmaker. His desire to join a religious community went unfulfilled because he didn’t know Latin. Moving to ... Read More »

Saint John Henry Newman

Saint of the Day for September 24 (February 21, 1801 – August 11, 1890) Post by Franciscan Media Saint John Henry Newman’s Story John Henry Newman, the 19th-century’s most important English-speaking Roman Catholic theologian, spent the first half of his life as an Anglican and the second half as a Roman Catholic. He was a priest, popular preacher, writer, and eminent ... Read More »

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Saint of the Day for September 23 (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Pio of Pietrelcina’s Story In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on June 16, 2002. It was the 45th canonization ceremony in Pope John Paul’s pontificate. More than 300,000 people braved ... Read More »

Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions

Saint of the Day for September 22 (1600 – September 29 or 30, 1637) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions’ Story Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them, and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became ... Read More »

Saint Matthew

Saint of the Day for September 21 (c. 1st Century) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Matthew’s Story Matthew was a Jew who worked for the occupying Roman forces, collecting taxes from other Jews. The Romans were not scrupulous about what the “tax farmers” got for themselves. Hence the latter, known as “publicans,” were generally hated as traitors by their fellow Jews. The ... Read More »

Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions

Saint of the Day for September 20 (August 21, 1821 – September 16, 1846; Companions d. between 1839 – 1867) Post by Franciscan Media Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions’ Story The first native Korean priest, Andrew Kim Taegon was the son of Christian converts. Following his baptism at the age of 15, Andrew traveled 1,300 miles to the seminary ... Read More »

Saint Januarius

Saint of the Day for September 19 (c. 300) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Januarius’ Story Little is known about the life of Januarius. He is believed to have been martyred in the Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of 305. Legend has it that Januarius and his companions were thrown to the bears in the amphitheater of Pozzuoli, but the animals failed to attack ... Read More »

Saint Joseph of Cupertino

Saint of the Day for September 18 (June 17, 1603 – September 18, 1663) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Joseph of Cupertino’s Story Joseph of Cupertino is most famous for levitating at prayer. Already as a child, Joseph showed a fondness for prayer. After a short career with the Capuchins, he joined the Conventual Franciscans. Following a brief assignment caring for the friary ... Read More »

Saint Robert Bellarmine

Saint of the Day for September 17 (October 4, 1542 – September 17, 1621) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Robert Bellarmine’s Story When Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570, the study of Church history and the fathers of the Church was in a sad state of neglect. A promising scholar from his youth in Tuscany, he devoted his energy to these two ... Read More »

Saint Cornelius

Saint of the Day for September 16 (d. 253) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Cornelius’ Story There was no pope for 14 months after the martyrdom of Saint Fabian because of the intensity of the persecution of the Church. During the interval, the Church was governed by a college of priests. Saint Cyprian, a friend of Cornelius, writes that Cornelius was elected pope “by the judgment ... Read More »