Saint Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales Feast Day: January 24 Immediately after his ordination in 1593, Francis was willingly dispatched to the isolated Chablis district of France. A mountainous area that had been lost to Catholicism during a failed…

Saint Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas Feast Day: January 28 The son of an Italian count, Thomas was born into a family of great expectations at the castle of Rocca Secca. As his schooling progressed, he was sent to the University of Naples, where his parents…

Saint Agnes

St. Agnes Feast Day: January 21 A Roman Christian girl of legendary beauty, Agnes was executed during the Christian persecution of 303 AD for her unfailing devotion to Jesus and refusal of infatuated suitors. While there is…

Saints of New Orleans

Since the Vatican canonized the first saint from America — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton — an inordinate number of saints (and near saints) have been born in or became famous for their work in New Orleans or Louisiana. With this issue, Catholic…

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Feast Day: January 4 Born just two years before the United States won its independence from England, Elizabeth Ann Bayley was the daughter of New York City’s first health officer. Her mother…

Mysteries of the Eucharist (part 2)

Why do we call this eucharistic presence “real”? The word real comes from a Latin word, res, which means thing. So to identify this presence as real — or “thinglike” — is meant to convey the sense that it is the presence of one “thing” to…