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Feast of St. Benedict

What’s known about the father of Western monasticism is from the “Dialogues of (Pope) St. Gregory the Great.”

Memorial of Servant of God Augustus Tolton

Born into slavery, young Augustus fled to freedom with his mother and two siblings through the woods of northern Missouri and across the Mississippi River while being pursued by bounty hunters and soldiers. He was only 9 years old.

Feast of St. Maria Goretti

This young martyr was born to poor farmers in Italy. After her father’s death, Maria was in charge of the household while her mother worked in the fields.

Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

Named among the Twelve Apostles in all four Gospels, Thomas figured prominently in several stories in John.

Feast of St. Junípero Serra

A Spanish missionary who is buried in California, Miguel José Serra was born on the Mediterranean island of Majorca.

Solemnity of the Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul

These Apostles share a feast as founders of the Church in Rome. By tradition both were martyred in Rome.

Feast of St. Thomas More

Born in London, Thomas More studied at Oxford, married and had four children. King Henry VIII took this brilliant lawyer into his service in 1518, knighted him and named him lord chancellor.

Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

This doctor of the Church was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and joined the Augustinians at age 15. In 1220 he entered the Franciscans to become an African missionary and was sent to Morocco.

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

(CNA) — The heart has always been seen as the “center” or essence a person (“the heart of the matter,” “you are my heart,” “take it to heart,” etc.) and the wellspring of our emotional lives and love (“you break my heart,” “my heart sings,” etc.)

Phoenix Chaldean priest remembers martyred cousin whose canonization cause was recently...

Msgr. Felix Shabi, corbishop of the Chaldean Catholic Vicariate of Arizona of the Chaldean Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle based out of San Diego, remembers well the martyred Fr. Ragheed Ganni, whose cause for canonization was approved by the Vatican May 14. The two men were cousins who grew up in Iraq.