Bernadette Soubirous

1844-1879 FEAST April 16 As a child in a poor French family in the Hautes-Pyrenees town of Lourdes, Bernadette suffered both asthma and cholera. Uneducated, she had not made her first Communion by 1858, the year she experienced 18 visions of a beautiful lady calling herself the Immaculate Conception and calling for penance and pilgrimage. […]

Pope Martin I

died 655 feast – April 13 Born in Todi and educated in Rome, this pious Italian priest was sent by Pope Theodore I as nuncio to Constantinople, where he encountered the Monothelite heresy claiming Jesus had only a divine will and was not truly human. When Martin followed Theodore as pope in 649, he convened […]

Mary Cleophas

first century Feast Day April 9 This Mary, wife of Cleophas and mother of James the Less and Joses, witnessed the Crucifixion, helped prepare Christ’s body for burial, and waited with Mary Magdalen until the tomb was sealed. When they returned and found the tomb empty on Easter, an angel announced, “He is risen.” While […]


11th century Feast Day April 9 Born in central Spain, Casilda was the daughter of the emir of Toledo. Though a Muslim, she had a reputation for being kind to Christian prisoners. After she became sick, she went on a pilgrimage to the shrine of San Vicenzo de Briviesca, which was famous for its healing […]

Julie Billiart

1751-1816 Feast Day April 8 Born in Picardy, in France, the pious Julie was allowed to make a vow of chastity at age 14 and did manual labor when her family suffered financial reversals. In her early 20s, she became paralyzed after an attempt on her father’s life; at 30 she was an invalid, dispensing […]