Saint Joseph Cafasso (1811-1860)

Saint Joseph Cafasso was born to peasant parents in Castelnuovo d'Asti, which is in the Piedmont region of Italy. He was ordained to the priesthood and became a popular professor of theology at the Institute of Saint Francis. Saint Joseph ...

Saint John Nepomucene (1345-1393)

Saint John Nepomucene was a renowned preacher and a member of the 14th-century Bohemian court of King Wenceslaus IV. While at court, Saint John was a peacemaker and solved many arguments and disagreements. He was also the queen's confessor. When ...

Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi (20th Century)

Two of the first people Pope John Paul II beatified in the new millennium were Luigi and Maria (Corsini) Beltrame Quattrocchi. They were an Italian couple who were married for forty-six years. They had four children, three of whom entered ...

Blessed Julian of Norwich (c.1342-1420)

Julian of Norwich was an anchoress (from the Greek word for recluse) who lived a life of solitude and contemplation. Julian stepped away from worldly activity to spend her days contemplating God. As part of her daily life, she lived ...

Saint Catherine Laboure (1806-1876)

From the time that she was a young child, Saint Catherine Laboure felt called to religious life. However, after her mother passed away, young Catherine was charged with taking care of the household, while her older sister joined a religious ...

Saint Junipero Serra (1713-1784)

Junipero Serra was born in Majorca, Spain, in 1713, and was ordained a Franciscan priest in 1737. He spent most of his priestly life as a missionary in Mexico, Texas, and California. During his ministry Father Serra is believed to ...

Blessed John Duns Scotus (c.1265-1308)

Blessed John Duns Scotus was part of a well-off family of farmers. He is referred to as "Duns Scotus" to specify where he was born--Scotland. He joined the Friars Minor at Dumfries, and began his studies after novitiate. In those ...

Saint Columba (521-597)

Tradition tells us that Saint Columba was born in Donegal, Ireland. After completing his studies, Saint Columba was ordained to the priesthood, and devoted a large portion of his life to preaching throughout Ireland and Scotland. At the age of ...

Saint Pothinus (87-177)

Saint Pothinus was the bishop of Lyons, France. When he was at the advanced age of 90 years old, he and his Christian companions were detained by an angry mob and brought to the magistrate for trial based on their ...

Saint John of Cassian (360-435)

Saint John of Cassian was a monk and religious writer. He befriended and defended Saint John Chrysostom in Rome. After his defense, Saint John of Cassian was ordained to the priesthood and he established several monasteries in Europe. He is ...

Saint Anastasia (d.304)

Saint Anastasia was a Roman of noble lineage. Her father was a pagan, but her mother, a Christian, had Saint Anastasia baptized as a baby and secretly raised in the Christian faith. Saint Anastasia married a man named Publius, who ...

Pope Saint Gregory VII (c.1020-1085)

When Saint Gregory VII became pope, the corruption of the clergy had become a serious scandal to the faithful of the Church. Pope Gregory VII saw the need for reform, so he dismissed the members of the clergy who had ...

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Handout: Liturgical Year Match

Column 1 lists the holy days of obligation and several other feast days of the Liturgical Year. Column 2 lists the dates on which those feasts are celebrated. The task of each group is to match the holy day or ...

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The Holy Trinity

A short video explaining the Holy Trinity and the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity.

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Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

A short video explaining the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity.

Seven Blessed Martyrs of Songkhon (d.1940)

The Seven Blessed Martyrs of Songkhon were seven Roman Catholics who were martyred in the village of Songkhon in northern Thailand. They were executed in December of 1940, in the midst of the Franco-Thai War, after being falsely accused of ...

498 Spanish Martyrs (d.1934; d.1936; d.1937)

The Spanish Civil War began in 1936 and raged on until 1939. It was fought between the Republicans, who were loyal to the Spanish Republic, and the Nationalists, who opposed the Republicans and their persecution of Catholics. This period of ...

Saints of the Cristero War (1926-1929)

The Cristero War, which took place between 1926 and 1929, was a rebellion against the anti-Catholic government in Mexico. This oppressive government was set on breaking down the Catholic faith of its people. Catholic institutions were shut down, foreign clergy ...

Blessed Martyrs of Nowogrodek (d.1943)

The Blessed Martyrs of Nowogrodek are comprised of a group of Roman Catholic nuns from the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. These nuns were an important part of the town of Nowogrodek. During the oppressive occupation of Poland ...

Saint Theophane Venard (1829-1861)

Saint Theophane Venard was brought up in a devout family. He was ordained to the priesthood and followed God's call to become a missionary to southeast Asia. Saint Theophane spent several months ministering to the faithful in Hong Kong, then ...

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Fr. Barron at the Tomb of Saint John of the Cross

A short discussion of the life and works of Saint John of the Cross, in front of his tomb.

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Early Church Fathers: Saint John Chrysostom

A short video on the life and works of the early Church father, Saint John Chrysostom.

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Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

A short video on the life and works of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint.

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Saint Katharine Drexel

A short video on the life and works of Saint Katharine Drexel