On Jan. 21, the Roman Catholic Church honors the virgin and martyr St. Agnes, who suffered death for her consecration to Christ. Although the details of Agnes’ life are mostly unknown, the story of her martyrdom has been passed on with reverence since the fourth century. On the feast day of the young martyr –Continue reading “SAINT OF THE DAY – SAINT AGNES”


Sebastian was the son of a wealthy Roman family. He was educated in Milan and became an officer of the imperial Roman army, and Captain of the Guard. He was a favorite of Emperor Diocletian. During Diocletian’s persecution of the Christians, Sebastian visited them in prison, bringing both supplies and comfort. He is reported toContinue reading “SAINT OF THE DAY – ST SEBASTIAN”


The son of two saints, Basil and Emmilia, young Gregory was raised by his older brother, St. Basil the Great, and his sister, Macrina, in modern-day Turkey. Gregory’s success in his studies suggested great things were ahead for him. After becoming a professor of rhetoric, he was persuaded to devote his learning and efforts toContinue reading “SAINT OF THE DAY – SAINT GREGORY of NYSSA”

saint of the day – st sylvester i

Saint Sylvester I ​ When you think of this pope, you think of the Edict of Milan, the emergence of the Church from the catacombs, the building of the great basilicas—Saint John Lateran, Saint Peter’s, and others—the Council of Nicaea, and other critical events. But for the most part, these events were planned or broughtContinue reading “saint of the day – st sylvester i”

saint of the day – st anysia of salonika

Saint Anysia of Salonika ​ Anysia was born to a wealthy and pious Christian family in Salonika, Greece in 284 AD. She lived in Thessalonica during the reign of the cruel Maximian Galerius under whose reign, there was much persecution of Christians. She dedicated herself to vows of chastity and poverty, praying and helping theContinue reading “saint of the day – st anysia of salonika”

saint of the day – st thomas beckett

Saint Thomas Becket ​ A strong man who wavered for a moment, but then learned one cannot come to terms with evil, and so became a strong churchman, a martyr, and a saint—that was Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, murdered in his cathedral on December 29, 1170. While archdeacon of Canterbury, he was made chancellorContinue reading “saint of the day – st thomas beckett”

saint of the day – st john the apostle

St. John, the son of Zebedee and brother of St. James the Great, was called to be an Apostle by our Lord in the first year of His public ministry. He became the “beloved disciple” and the only one of the Twelve who did not forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion. HeContinue reading “saint of the day – st john the apostle”

saint of the day – st stephen

Saint Stephen ​ Martyred circa 36 AD, Stephen has become the proto-martyr or the first martyr of Christianity. We find allusions to him in the Acts of the Apostles and his feast day is celebrated on the next day of Christmas. “As the number of disciples continued to grow, the Greek-speaking Christians complained about theContinue reading “saint of the day – st stephen”

Saint of the day – saints adela and irmina

Saint Adela and Saint Irmina ​ Princesses Irmina and Adela were daughters of St. Dagobert II, King of the Francs. Their father had acceded to the throne at the age of seven but had been deposed soon after and had fled to Ireland for safety. During his exile he married the Anglo-Saxon princess, Matilda, andContinue reading “Saint of the day – saints adela and irmina”

saint of the day – Saint john of kanty

Saint John of Kanty ​ John was born in Kanty, Poland, in 1390. After his ordination, he served in the Faculty of Theology at Krakow University teaching theology, scripture and science. He was known to be caring towards his students. A popular teacher and preacher, John was noted for his simplicity and love for theContinue reading “saint of the day – Saint john of kanty”

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