A pope often caught in the middle

St. Stephen I served only three years as pope, but made decisions that still apply. This third-century saint was born in Rome. After his ordination, he served … Read More

Bishop became Henry VIII’s enemy

The Fortnight for Freedom observance in support of religious liberty — which will close locally on July 4 with a 5 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop David … Read More

Martyred in Madagascar

Throughout the 2,000-year history of Christianity, missionaries have carried the faith around the world, sometimes giving their lives in the effort. One such missionary is St. Jacques … Read More

Being a clown for Christ

Perhaps we should think of St. Aldhelm of Sherbourne as the patron of the new evangelization. A biography by monk and historian William of Malmesbury (c. 1080-1143) … Read More

After Mass came the battle

St. Eric, the 12th-century king of Sweden, serves as a model because of his devotion to contemplation and prayer, visiting the sick, and redressing injustices. Eric IX, … Read More

Known for his pithy sayings

The name of the 6th-century’s John Climacus is more a description, coming from his book, “The Ladder (Climax) of Paradise.” The abbot of Raithu asked him to … Read More