died circa 249 FEAST February 9 A middle-aged deaconess in Alexandria, Apollonia was martyred there when mobs roamed the streets torturing and killing Christians. Her death […]

Blessed Pius IX

died 1878 FEAST February 7 Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti, an Italian noble, was ordained in 1819, despite poor health. Known for his pastoral commitment and eucharistic […]

Paul Miki and Companions

1562 – 1597 FEAST February 6 Toyotomi Hideyoshi, ruling Japan in the name of the emperor, became alarmed at the growth of Christianity resulting from St. […]

Joan of France

1464-1505 FEAST February 4 Also known as Joan of Valois, this French foundress was the daughter of King Louis XI and the wife of King Louis […]


Fourth Century FEAST February 3 This bishop and martyr lived in the fourth century in Turkey and Armenia. For a time Blaise lived in a cave […]

St. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita’s story is a testimony to the role that believing in God’s love can play in helping victims of enslavement survive.

Francis-Xavier Bianchi

1743-1815 FEAST January 31 Born in Sicily, he was educated at Naples and wanted to enter religious life, despite his father’s opposition. But he persevered and […]