He became the bishop of Prague while still in his 20s, but because of pastoral and political difficulties there retired to a Benedictine abbey in Rome in 990.
God’s ways are not the world’s ways. The life of St. Bernadette (1844–1879) provides us with a stunning example of this.
He was declared the patron saint of teachers in 1950.
Arrested by the Nazis in 1942 for religious activities in her hospital, she was beheaded, the only nun so sentenced in the Nazis’ German territories.
The patron of Ireland, this bishop was born in Roman Britain, kidnapped at 16 by Irish raiders and sold into slavery in Ireland.
The dying words of this priest, who was canonized in 2004, were “Jesus … Jesus… Jesus.”
St. Angela of the Cross (1846-1932) founded the Institute of the Sisters of the Company of the Cross in Seville, Spain, and had established more than 20 convents by the time of her death.
For more than 40 years, she led the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, using her fortune to establish numerous missions and schools for Indians and African Americans.