Monthly archives:April 2017

  • April 26        Sts. Cletus and Marcellinus, Popes, Martyrs             St. Cletus was the third Bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. Linus, which circumstance alone shows his eminent virtue among the first disciples of St. Peter in the West.  He sat twelve years, from 76 to 89.  The canon of Roman[...]
  • April 25 St. Mark, Evangelist St. Mark was converted to the faith by the Prince of the Apostles, whom he afterwards accompanied to Rome, acting there as his secretary or interpreter.  When St. Peter was writing his first Epistle to the Churches of Asia, he affectionately joins with his own sal[...]
  • April 24 St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen Fidelis was born at Sigmaringen in 1577, of noble parents.  In his youth he frequently approached the Sacraments, visited the sick and the poor, and spent moreover many hours before the altar.  For a time he followed the legal profession, and was remarkable [...]
  • April 23  St. George, Martyr St. George was born in Cappadocia, at the close of the third century, of Christian parents.  In early youth he chose a soldier’s life, and soon obtained the favor of Diocletian, who advanced him to the grade of tribune.  When, however, the Emperor began to persecut[...]
  • St. Soter, Pope, Martyr St. Soter was raised to the papacy upon the death of St. Anicetus, in 173.  By the sweetness of his discourses, he comforted all persons with the tenderness of a father, and assisted the indigent with liberal alms, especially those who suffered for the faith.  He liberal[...]
  • April 21- St. Anselm, Archbishop Anselm was a native of Piedmont.  When a boy of fifteen, being forbidden to enter religion, he for a while lost his fervor, left his home, and went to various schools in France.  At length his vocation revived, and he became a monk at Bec in Normandy.  The fame [...]
  • April 20 St. Marcellinus, Bishop St. Marcellinus was born in Africa, of a noble family; accompanied by Vincent and Domninus, he went over into Gaul, and there preached the Gospel, with great success, in the neighborhood of the Alps.  He afterwards settled at Embrun where he built a chapel in w[...]
  • April 19 St. Elphege, Archbishop             St. Elphege was born in the year 954 of noble Saxon family.  He first became a monk in the monastery of Deerhurst, new Tewkesbury, England, and afterwards lived as a hermit near Bath, where he founded a community under the rule of St. Benedict, and be[...]
  • April 18 St. Apollonius, Martyr Marcus Aurelius had persecuted the Christians, but his son, Commodus, who, in 180, succeeded him, showed himself favorable to them out of regard to his Empress Marcia, who was an admirer of the faith.  During this calm, the number of the faithful was exceedingly[...]
  • April 17  St. Anicetus, Pope, Martyr St. Anicetus succeeded St. Pius, and sat about eight years, from 165 to 173.  If he did not shed his blood for the faith, he at least purchased the title of martyr by great sufferings and dangers.  He received a visit from St. Polycarp, and tolerated the cu[...]