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Ordinary Time: July 21st

Optional Memorial of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest and doctor

St. Lawrence, the first Capuchin Franciscan to be honored as a Doctor, was born in 1559 at Brindisi, a town located on the Adriatic coast of the heel of Italy. Educated from his youth by the Conventual Franciscan Friars, he acquired great... More

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Ordinary Time: July 20th

Optional Memorial of St. Apollinaris, bishop and martyr

Early accounts report that Saint Apollinaris was ordained Bishop by Saint Peter himself and sent as a missionary bishop to Ravenna during the reign of the emperor Claudius. Renowned for his powers to heal in the name of Christ, he was... More

Ordinary Time: July 19th

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Historically today is the feast of the holy abbot Arsenius. Before he left the world and retired into the desert, he led an innocent and saintly life at the court of Theodosius the Great, who had entrusted him with the care of the... More

Ordinary Time: July 18th

Optional Memorial of St. Camillus de Lellis (USA)

St. Camillus, entirely without means of existence and from his early youth suffering from an incurable wound in his foot, experienced the horrors of the Roman hospitals in the sixteenth century in which the nursing and other staff were... More

Ordinary Time: July 17th

Monday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Alexius was an Eastern saint whose veneration was transplanted from the Byzantine empire to Rome, whence it spread rapidly throughout western Christendom. Together with the name and veneration of the Saint, his legend was made known... More

Ordinary Time: July 16th

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: July 15th

Memorial of St. Bonaventure, bishop and doctor

St. Bonaventure was born in Italy in 1221. He joined the Franciscan Order and went to Paris for his studies. He was made General of his Order and deserves to be reckoned its second founder for his work in consolidating an institution that... More

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Ordinary Time: July 14th

Memorial of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin

Kateri was born in 1656 near the town of Auriesville, New York, the daughter of a Mohawk warrior. She was baptized by Jesuit missionary Fr. Jacques de Lambertville on Easter of 1676 at the age of twenty. She devoted her life to prayer,... More

Ordinary Time: July 13th

Optional Memorial of St. Henry; St.Clelia Barbieri, foundress (Italy)

Henry II, successively Duke of Bavaria, King of Germany and Emperor, devoted himself to the spread of religion by rebuilding churches and founding monasteries. Until the end of his life he displayed the virtues of a great saint. Together... More

Ordinary Time: July 12th

Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time; Sts. Louis and Zelia Martin

Sts. Louis and Zelia Martin are best known as the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux (the Little Flower), but they are models of holiness in their own right. They are only the second married couple to be canonized. According to the 1962... More

Ordinary Time: July 11th

Memorial of St. Benedict, abbot

St. Benedict was born at Nursia in Umbria in about 480 and was sent to Rome to be educated, but soon left the world to live a solitary life at Subiaco. After living in a cave in the mountains for two years as a hermit, he had acquired... More