Author Archives: John Yochum

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Saint of the Day for September 14 Post by Franciscan Media The Story of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Early in the fourth century, Saint Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, went to Jerusalem in search of the holy places of Christ’s life. She razed the second-century Temple of Aphrodite, which tradition held was built over the Savior’s tomb, ... Read More »

Saint John Chrysostom

Saint of the Day for September 13 (c. 349 – September 14, 407) Post by Franciscan Media Saint John Chrysostom’s Story The ambiguity and intrigue surrounding John, the great preacher (his name means “golden-mouthed”) from Antioch, are characteristic of the life of any great man in a capital city. Brought to Constantinople after a dozen years of priestly service in Syria, John ... Read More »

Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint of the Day for September 12 Post by Franciscan Media The Story of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; both have the possibility of uniting people easily divided on other matters. The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain ... Read More »

Saint Cyprian

Saint of the Day for September 11 (d. 258) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Cyprian’s Story Cyprian is important in the development of Christian thought and practice in the third century, especially in northern Africa. Highly educated, a famous orator, he became a Christian as an adult. He distributed his goods to the poor, and amazed his fellow citizens by making ... Read More »

Saint Thomas of Villanova

Saint of the Day for September 10 (1488 – September 8, 1555) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Thomas of Villanova’s Story Saint Thomas was from Castile in Spain and received his surname from the town where he was raised. He received a superior education at the University of Alcala and became a popular professor of philosophy there. After joining the Augustinian friars ... Read More »

Saint Peter Claver

Saint of the Day for September 9 (June 26, 1581 – September 8, 1654) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Peter Claver’s Story A native of Spain, young Jesuit Peter Claver left his homeland forever in 1610 to be a missionary in the colonies of the New World. He sailed into Cartagena, a rich port city washed by the Caribbean. He was ... Read More »

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint of the Day for September 8 Post by Franciscan Media The Story of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary The Church has celebrated Mary’s birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the ... Read More »

Blessed Frédéric Ozanam

Saint of the Day for September 7 (April 23, 1813 – September 8, 1853) Post by Franciscan Media Blessed Frédéric Ozanam’s Story A man convinced of the inestimable worth of each human being, Frédéric served the poor of Paris well, and drew others into serving the poor of the world. Through the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, which he founded, his ... Read More »

Blessed Claudio Granzotto

Saint of the Day for September 6 (August 23, 1900 – August 15, 1947) Post by Franciscan Media Blessed Claudio Granzotto’s Story Born in Santa Lucia del Piave near Venice, Claudio was the youngest of nine children and was accustomed to hard work in the fields. At the age of 9, he lost his father. Six years later, he was drafted ... Read More »

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Saint of the Day for September 5 (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s Story Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the tiny woman recognized throughout the world for her work among the poorest of the poor, was beatified October 19, 2003. Among those present were hundreds of Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded ... Read More »