Domitian of Maastricht

died c. 560 FEAST May 7 French by birth, Domitian became the bishop of Maastricht, in the Netherlands, and had a prominent role at the synod of Orleans, France, which refuted heretical errors. He evangelized in the Meuse River area of Europe’s Low Countries, converting people and founding churches and hospitals. He prophesied a plentiful […]

Hilary of Arles

circa 400 – 449 FEAST May 5 This French aristocrat, a pagan holding high office in a local government, was converted to Catholicism by his relative, St. Honoratus, and became a monk at Lerins. An austere and strict monastic, Hilary succeeded Honoratus as bishop of Arles when he was just 29. As bishop, he preached […]


?-304 FEAST May 4 A martyr of the most violent of Roman persecutions, Florian was a Roman officer serving in Noricum, now part of Austria. Upon declaring his faith, he gave himself up to a Roman governor, was scourged, set afire and thrown in a river to drown. His body was recovered, buried and later […]


295-373 FEAST May 2 This doctor of the church, famous for his understanding of and writing about the Incarnation, became bishop of his hometown, Alexandria, Egypt, when he was in his early 30s. As metropolitan patriarch for 45 years, he fought the heresy of Arius, a well educated Alexandrian priest; ran afoul of three emperors […]

Joseph the Worker

First Century FEAST May 1 Though his principal feast is March 19, St. Joseph also is honored for his labors as a carpenter in providing for his family’s needs in Nazareth. The carpentry trade in first-century Palestine covered building houses, which were mostly made of wood; by tradition, Jesus joined the family business. Throughout church […]

Pope Pius V

1504 – 1572 FEAST April 30 Antonio Ghislieri began life as a poor Italian shepherd, but became a leader in the Catholic Reformation. Ordained a Dominican in 1528, he taught theology and philosophy and served as novice master and prior. A fanatical Catholic, he was named local inquisitor, then bishop, cardinal and grand inquisitor in […]