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 […]


c. 422-c. 500 Feast Date: January 3 Genevieve took the veil of a dedicated virgin at 15, living with her parents in Nanterre and with her […]


First Century FEAST December 26 Christianity’s first martyr was probably a Greek Jew. Stephen’s story is recounted in the Acts of the Apostles. He was among […]

Blessed Adolf Kolping

1813 – 1865 Feast Date: December 4 As a shepherd and shoe-factory worker, Adolf experienced poverty and social upheaval in 19th-century Germany. He worked 12-hour days, […]

Gelasius I

d. 496 FEAST November 21 St. Gelasius became pope in 492. Immediately he faced several difficult problems. He had to deal with several Arian kings who […]

Edmund the Martyr

841 – circa 869 FEAST November 20 An English patriot-king, Edmund began life with a Saxon lineage and Christian upbringing. He may have been elected king […]

Elizabeth of Hungary

1207 – 1231 FEAST November 17 Elizabeth’s short life was nonetheless full; she had a happy marriage and children, was a secular Franciscan, and was so […]

Gertrude the Great

1256-1302 FEAST November 16 Born in Germany’s Thuringia state, this virgin was entrusted at the age of 5 to the Cistercian nuns at Saxony’s Helfta Abbey, […]