On 23 March the Church celebrates the feast day of the great Spanish missionary St. Toribio of Mogrovejo. Watch this video to learn more about the often unknown saint.
Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity of Australia, Sister Clare Nolan, rsc says the Sisters are overjoyed Pope Francis has declared their founder, Ireland's Mary Aikenhead Venerable in what is the second of four steps to canonisation. "We are very excited about it and our sisters have developed a special liturgy to mark this important stage together with Congregations of the Sisters of Charity worldwide," she says.
Born in Cork in 1787 of an upper class Protestant father and Catholic mother, Mary Aikenhead was deeply affected by her father’s work as a doctor among the Irish poor and by his death-bed conversion to Catholicism. In 1802, she became a Catholic and, in 1808, went to stay with her friend Anne O’Brien in Dublin. Here she witnessed widespread unemployment and poverty and soon began to accompany her generous friend in visiting the poor and sick in their homes.
Being declared Venerable is the second of four steps in the Church’s Canonisation process. Throughout the world today Religious Sisters of Charity are in Ireland, England, Scotland, Zambia, California, Nigeria, Malawi and Australia. Religious Sisters of Charity continue to work courageously and creatively with people who are poor in the areas of healthcare, education, pastoral and social work.
Happy Solemnity of St Joseph! St Joseph is not the biological father of Jesus, whose Father is God alone, and yet he lives his fatherhood fully and completely. He is often overshadowed by the glory of Christ and the purity of Mary. But he, too, waited for God to speak to him and then responded with obedience. St Joseph was a compassionate, caring man - a model of fatherhood and a man of faith.
Story time! Grab your blanket or favorite comfort item (iPhones are not an option). Ready? Once there was a teenager. He was happy and young and free and didn’t worry about things like “religion” or “God” or “right and wrong.” His parents were Christian, but they didn’t teach him much about it. And then, one day his carefree life came to a halting stop when he was kidnapped by pirates.
Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery.
On 17th March all over the world, the Irish celebrate the feast of St Patrick. The life of this 5th century man is shrouded with mystery, but luckily he left a personal manuscript telling his own story - The Confession. Not only does The Confession reveal more about St Patrick's life, it is also steeped in Scripture and provides beautiful spiritual reflections from a great Saint. Watch this video to learn about some of the facts, and the myths, about St Patrick!
May 23 will be the beatification date for El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and repressed who was martyred in 1980 while celebrating Mass.
St Teresa of Avila said that St Joseph never refused her anything on his feast day, March 19. Today is March 10 and marks the first day of the novena to St Joseph. Usually, people pray to St Joseph to find them a job. Men tend to pray to the foster father of Jesus to find them good wives. Women pray to him for decent husbands. Read more in this article!
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