St. Giles Mary of St. Joseph

In the same year that a power-hungry Napoleon Bonaparte led his army into Russia, Giles Mary of St. Joseph ended a life of humble service to his Franciscan community and to the citizens of Naples. Francesco was born in Taranto to very poor parents. His father’s death...

Saint Giles Mary of Saint Joseph

Image: Engraving of Saint Giles of St. Joseph | Giuseppe Gnaccarini from a design by Giuseppe Rossi. Saint Giles Mary of St. Joseph Saint of the Day for February 13 (November 16, 1729 – February 7, 1812)...

St. Apollonia

The persecution of Christians began in Alexandria during the reign of the Emperor Philip. The first victim of the pagan mob was an old man named Metrius, who was tortured and then stoned to death. The second person who refused to worship their false idols was a...

Saint Apollonia

Image: engraving of Saint Apollonia | J. Bein after Raphael. Saint Apollonia Saint of the Day for February 12 (d. c. 249) https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SODFeb12.mp3   Saint Apollonia’s Story The persecution of Christians began...

Our Lady of Lourdes

On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus. A little more than three years later, on February 11, 1858, a young lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. This began a series of...

Our Lady of Lourdes

Image: Wikimedia Commons Our Lady of Lourdes  Saint of the Day for February 11 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SODFeb11.mp3   The Story of Our Lady of Lourdes On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate...