Author Archives: John Yochum

Saint Callistus I

Image: Statue of Pope Callistus I on the Saints portal | Northern transept of Our Lady cathedral of Reims, Marne, France | photo by Fab5669 Saint of the Day for October 14 (d. 223) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Callistus I’s Story The most reliable information about this saint comes from his enemy Saint Hippolytus, an early antipope, later a martyr ... Read More »

Saint John XXIII

Image: Pope John XXIII begins the Mass | Saint Peter’s Basilica, October 11, 1959 | photo by Medici con l’Africa Cuamm Saint of the Day for October 11 (November 25, 1881 – June 3, 1963) Post by Franciscan Media Saint John XXIII’s Story Although few people had as great an impact on the 20th century as Pope John XXIII, he ... Read More »

Saint Francis Borgia

Image: Carlos V receives a visit from Saint Francis Borgia in Yuste | Joaquín María Herrer y Rodríguez Saint of the Day for October 10 (October 28, 1510 – September 30, 1572) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Francis Borgia’s Story Today’s saint grew up in an important family in 16th-century Spain, serving in the imperial court and quickly advancing in ... Read More »

Saint Denis and Companions

Image: Detail | Louis XII of France Kneeling in Prayer | Jean Bourdichon Saint of the Day for October 9 (d. 258?) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Denis and Companions’ Story This martyr and patron of France is regarded as the first bishop of Paris. His popularity is due to a series of legends, especially those connecting him with the ... Read More »

Saint John Leonardi

Image: Body of Saint John Leonardi | Santa Maria in Portico in Campitelli, Rome Saint of the Day for October 8 (1541 – October 9, 1609) Post by Franciscan Media Saint John Leonardi’s Story “I am only one person! Why should I do anything? What good would it do?” Today, as in any age, people seem plagued with the dilemma of ... Read More »

Our Lady of the Rosary

Image: Our Lady of the Rosary | St. Nicholas Church, Osgood, Ohio Saint of the Day for October 7 Post by Franciscan Media The Story of Our Lady of the Rosary Saint Pius V established this feast in 1573. The purpose was to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto—a victory attributed to the praying of ... Read More »

Saint Bruno

Image: Saint Bruno | Girolamo Marchesi Saint of the Day for October 6 (c. 1030 – October 6, 1101) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Bruno’s Story This saint has the honor of having founded a religious order which, as the saying goes, has never had to be reformed because it was never deformed. No doubt both the founder and the ... Read More »

Saint Francis of Assisi

Image: Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis (Scene 7) | Benozzo Gozzoli Saint of the Day for October 4 (September 26, 1182 – October 3, 1226) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Francis of Assisi’s Story The patron saint of Italy, Francis of Assisi, was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not ... Read More »

Saint Theodora Guérin

Image: Saint Theodora Guerin | Image courtesy and © Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Saint of the Day for October 3 (October 2, 1798 – May 14, 1856) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Theodora Guérin’s Story Trust in God’s Providence enabled Mother Theodore to leave her homeland, sail halfway around the world, and found a new religious congregation. Born in Etables, ... Read More »