Nicholas

Fourth Century FEAST December 6 From the ninth century in the East and the 11th century in the West, Nicholas has been one of the most popular saints in Christendom and art, and the patron of many countries, dioceses, churches and cities. He was bishop of Myra in Lycia (now Turkey). According to folklore, he […]

Andrew

First Century FEAST November 30 In the synoptic Gospels, Andrew is a Galilean fisherman grouped with his brother, Peter, and with James and John in the inner circle of apostles; in John’s Gospel, he is the disciple of John the Baptist who is the first to follow Jesus and who brings his brother to the […]

Nicholas

Fourth Century Feast Date: December 6 From the ninth century in the East and the 11th century in the West, Nicholas has been one of the most popular saints in Christendom and art, and the patron of many countries, dioceses, churches and cities. He was bishop of Myra in Lycia (now Turkey). According to folklore, […]

Peter of Alexandria

died 311 FEAST November 26 Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Peter headed its catechetical school before being named bishop-patriarch in 300. In his early church history, Eusebius called Peter an excellent teacher. Peter fought two heresies, Arianism and Origenism, and for much of his episcopate encouraged his people to remain Christian in the face of Emperor […]

Felicitas

Second Century FEAST November 23 Felicity, or Felicitas, is thought to be a widow who was martyred in Rome about 165 and buried in the cemetery of Maximus on the Salerian Way. According to a legend, she had seven sons and was devoted to charitable works. When pagan priests complained about her winning converts to […]

Cecilia

Third Century FEAST November 22 Cecilia was honored as a martyr from about 545. According to a written legend, “The Passion of St. Cecily,” she was a Roman Christian of the patrician class betrothed to the pagan Valerian. But she told him she had made a vow of virginity, and persuaded him to convert. His […]

Nerses I

333 – 373 FEAST November 19 Nerses was educated in Cappadocia (Turkey) by St. Basil. He married and had a son (St. Isaac) before his wife died. After becoming an official at the Armenian court, he was ordained a priest. King Arshak chose him as patriarch of the Armenian Church. A reformer, he founded monasteries […]

Catherine of Alexandria

c. 287-305 Feast Date: November 25 Catherine is thought to have been born to a noble family in Alexandria, Egypt. Through a vision, this scholarly young woman converted to Christianity and began evangelizing others, including the wife of the pagan emperor who was persecuting Christians. According to legend, after she defied the emperor and refuted […]

Charles Borromeo

1538 – 1584 FEAST November 4 Though Charles suffered all his life from a speech impediment, his intelligence and zeal made him an outstanding figure of the Catholic Reformation. In 1560, he was named a cardinal and administrator of the Archdiocese of Milan by his uncle, Pope Pius IV, but was kept in Rome to […]

Simon and Jude

First Century Feast Date: October 28 Listed among the Twelve Apostles in the New Testament, Simon is “the Canaanite” to Matthew and Mark and “the Zealot” to Luke; Jude is “Thaddeus” to Matthew and Mark, “Judas of James” to Luke, and “Judas, not Iscariot” to John. After Pentecost, they disappear. However, according to Eastern tradition, […]

Francis of Assisi

1182-1226 FEAST October 4 The son of a wealthy Italian merchant, Francis was a playboy who experienced a profound conversion after going to war for Assisi, being imprisoned, and enduring a debilitating illness. He renounced his family and riches, and lived a life of radical poverty and service because he believed Christ had asked him […]