The Feast Day of St. John Vianney

Today we celebrate the feast of St. John Vianney, also known as the Cure’ of Ars. His era was not unlike our own.  There was much confusion about life, greed, and a seeming lack of caring for truth and justice. Ordained a diocesan priest, John Vianney looked forward with hope to better days for the ...

The Feast Day of St. Ignatius Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491, one of thirteen children in a family of minor nobility in northern Spain. He grew up at a time of great adventurers like Christopher Columbus and dreamed of gaining fame in battle, so he joined the army of Spain to do just that. When Ignatius was severely wounded ...

St. Thomas the Apostle – Patron Saint of India

Early Patristic literature and Christian tradition speak of St. Thomas the Apostle bringing the Christian faith to India.  According to these writers, he landed at the port of Mylapore and baptized several Jewish converts there.  Kerala, the most Christian part of India, claims him as the Apostle who first preached the good news to the ...

Our Patron Saint

People wonder sometimes about the icon hanging on the wall of our conference room. Its presence can be traced to our beginnings in 2001 when we started the custom of taking the first hour of the day for prayer and Bible study. Soon there were ten of us gathered in the conference room every morning. ...

St. Blaise

In the early Fourth Century a physician named Blaise became the Bishop of Sebastea in Armenia, which is now modern day Silvas, Turkey. Not much is known of the life of St. Blaise. “The Acts of St. Blaise” give us a biographical sketch and attribute many healings and miracles to him, both during his life, ...

St. Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas was the youngest of nine children born to noble parents in the Kingdom of Sicily.  Following the tradition of the times, five-year-old Thomas was sent to the Abbey of Monte Cassino to train among Benedictine monks.  He continued his studies with the Benedictine at the University of Naples but became interested in serving ...

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

Each year the church celebrates the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles,  remembered for his dramatic conversion documented in The Acts of The Apostles. As a young man, Paul led the persecution of Christians.  He was a staunch Pharisee who didn’t want Judaism torn apart by the “new sect” ...

St. Francis Xavier

In a recent address to Italy’s National Missionary Congress, Pope Francis stated that all Christians and “not just the few” are called to intensify their missionary spirit and go out to proclaim the joy of the Gospel. For some of us, the Holy Father’s comment may beg the question – how exactly do we achieve ...