Author Archives: John Yochum

Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions

Saint of the Day for May 21 (d. between 1915 and 1937) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions’ Story Like Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, SJ, Cristóbal and his 24 companion martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico, one determined to weaken the Catholic faith of its people. Churches, schools, and seminaries were closed; foreign clergy were ... Read More »

Saint Bernardine of Siena

Saint of the Day for May 20 (September 8, 1380 – May 20, 1444) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Bernardine of Siena’s Story Most of the saints suffer great personal opposition, even persecution. Bernardine, by contrast, seems more like a human dynamo who simply took on the needs of the world. He was the greatest preacher of his time, journeying across Italy, ... Read More »

Saint Theophilus of Corte

Saint of the Day for May 19 (October 30, 1676 – June 17, 1740) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Theophilus of Corte’s Story If we expect saints to do marvelous things continually and to leave us many memorable quotes, we are bound to be disappointed with Saint Theophilus. The mystery of God’s grace in a person’s life, however, has a beauty ... Read More »

Saint John I

Saint of the Day for May 18 (c. 470 – May 18, 526) Post by Franciscan Media Saint John I’s Story Pope John I inherited the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ. Italy had been ruled for 30 years by an emperor who espoused the heresy, though he treated the empire’s Catholics with toleration. His policy changed at about ... Read More »

Saint Paschal Baylon

Saint of the Day for May 17 (May 24, 1540 – May 15, 1592) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Paschal Baylon’s story In Paschal’s lifetime the Spanish empire in the New World was at the height of its power, though France and England were soon to reduce its influence. The 16th century has been called the Golden Age of the Church ... Read More »

Saint Margaret of Cortona

Saint of the Day for May 16 (1247 – February 22, 1297) Saint Margaret of Cortona’s Story Margaret was born of farming parents in Laviano, Tuscany. Her mother died when Margaret was seven; life with her stepmother was so difficult that Margaret moved out. For nine years she lived with Arsenio, though they were not married, and she bore him ... Read More »

Saint Isidore the Farmer

Saint of the Day for May 15 (1070 – May 15, 1130) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Isidore the Farmer’s Story Isidore has become the patron of farmers and rural communities. In particular, he is the patron of Madrid, Spain, and of the United States National Rural Life Conference. When he was barely old enough to wield a hoe, Isidore entered ... Read More »

Saint Matthias

Saint of the Day for May 14 Post by Franciscan Media Saint Matthias’ Story According to Acts 1:15-26, during the days after the Ascension Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers—about 120 of Jesus’ followers. Now that Judas had betrayed his ministry, it was necessary, Peter said, to fulfill the scriptural recommendation that another should take his office. “Therefore, ... Read More »

Our Lady of Fatima

Saint of the Day for May 13 Post by Franciscan Media The Story of Our Lady of Fatima Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children–Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lucia dos Santos–received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria near Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. Mary asked the children to pray the ... Read More »

Saint Leopold Mandic

Saint of the Day for May 12 (May 12, 1866 – July 30, 1942) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Leopold Mandic’s story Western Christians who are working for greater dialogue with Orthodox Christians may be reaping the fruits of Father Leopold’s prayers. A native of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capuchin Franciscans and was ordained several years later in spite of several ... Read More »