Saint of the Day

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  1. Pope St. Pius X

    Pope St. Pius XGiuseppe Sarto (1835-1914), the future Pope Pius X, was one of the greatest religious figures of the early twentieth century. He was born near Venice, the second of ten children in a very poor family. Giuseppe was educated at the village school and eventually ordained a priest in 1858 (a year before the usual minimum […]
  2. St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    St. Bernard (1090-1153) was an important medieval theologian and a major figure in the Cistercian Order of monks. He was one of six very gifted sons of a French nobleman. After some hesitation, Bernard joined the Cistercian Order in 1111, persuading four of his brothers and twenty-seven of his friends to come with him. Several […]
  3. St. John Eudes (Priest and Founder)

    The French priest St. John Eudes (1601-1680) founded two religious orders and encouraged devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He joined the Oratorians and was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-four. During several plagues in Normandy, he devoted himself to the care of the sick (living in a huge cask in the […]
  4. St. Jane Frances de Chantal

    St. Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641) was born in Dijon, France. Because her mother died only eighteen months later, her father (the head of the local parliament) took on the responsibility of educating her. Jane grew up to be a lovely and refined young woman with a cheerful temperament. She married Baron de Chantal and […]
  5. St. Philomena (Virgin and Martyr)

    Little is known of the life of St. Philomena before the discovery of her celebrated tomb in the Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome. An inscription near her tomb read “Peace be with thee, Philomena.” Near her bones was discovered a small glass vial, containing the remains of blood. Because it was a popular custom of […]