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

Tekakwitha endured illness, blindness, ridicule

Two years ago, Kateri Tekakwitha (the “Lily of the Mohawks”), patron of the diocese’s Camp Tekakwitha, became the first Native American saint. Yet, some 300 years earlier, … 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

A preacher and an advocate for the poor

He was a champion of the poor and a preacher who — four centuries later — could have been a televangelist. St. Francis di Girolamo, eldest of … 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