John Cassian is probably the coolest person you didn't know you knew. He is especially noted for his role in bringing the practices of Christian monasticism to the early medieval West. St. Benedict of Nursia praised some of John Cassian's writing in his rule. Use of his formulation also became part of the Liturgy of … Continue reading St. John Cassian
Joseph of Tiberias, venerated as Jospeh of Palestine, was a convert from Judaism. He was a contemporary of Emperor Constantine, a Rabbinical scholar, and member of the Sanhedrin. Joseph's mentor in the Jewish faith was Hillel II. He claimed, while an envoy of the Sanhedrin, to have been cast into the river by the Jews of … Continue reading St. Joseph of Palestine
Julia was born in Troyes, France in the third century. She was taken captive by soldiers of Roman Emperor Aurelian and given over as a slave to Claudius. Through her teachings, Julia was able to convert Claudius to Christ. In 272, upon the orders of Emperor Aurelian, both Julia and Claudius were beheaded. Their relics were enshrined … Continue reading St. Julia of Troyes
Margaret is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Western Rite Orthodox, Anglican, Eastern-Rite Orthodox, and Coptic Churches. That's pretty incredible! It's not terribly often that most of us agree on something. I love these saints that are almost universally celebrated whether Catholic or Orthodox or Coptic or otherwise. The saints are for all, … Continue reading St. Margaret of Antioch
Idol-smashing virgins! The Rad-Trads will love this story!
Bruno was a reluctant bishop. He didn't really want to be one. He wanted to be a monastic! But, as is often the case for many of us, he knew he was being called in a different direction and heeded that call.
However, baby Elizabeth Bonifacia died at three weeks old on July 13 (which happens to be my mother's, who is of Polish descent, birthday). Hedwig was also incredibly sick and died just four days after her daughter. They were buried together in the Wawel Cathedral. 550 years later, on July 12, 1949 (the day before … Continue reading St. Hedwig (Jadwiga) of Poland
Mary Magdalen Postel was born on November 28, 1756, in France and baptized as Julia Frances Catherine. As a child, she was educated by Benedictine nuns and, during this time, she took a private vow of chastity as the first step on the road of her dream to enter religious life. When she was eighteen, … Continue reading St. Mary Magdalen Postel
"Not much is known about Blessed James Andrade other than this but he's worthy of knowing. James followed his call even unto death and that's an admirable thing."
Kateri was baptized on Easter in 1676 taking the name Kateri for St. Catherine of Siena. Kateri is the Mohawk form of Catherine, which is super cool. There goes Catholicism reaching into every aspect of our lives an every culture ever. She then moved to the Jesuit mission nearby and spent her last two years … Continue reading St. Kateri Tekakwitha