Diocese of St. Augustine Honors the Virgin Mary, Breastfeeding Mother

Our Lady of La Leche

On Saturday, October 11, the Diocese of St. Augustine will honor Mary in her role as a new mother nursing her infant.Bishop Felipe J. Estévez, head of the northeastern Florida diocese which is the oldest diocese in the United States, has declared the Feast of Our Lady of La Leche to be celebrated throughout the diocese.He also instituted a Jubilee Year in commemoration of the Blessed Mother, celebrating the 450th anniversary of the founding of America's oldest city at the site of the cu … [Read more...]

The Snowshoe Priest and Other Great Stories

Statue commemorating Bishop Baraga at L'Anse, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

In the long, harsh winter of 1835, Father Frederic Baraga trudged through the snow, carrying the gospel to the Ojibway tribe in northern Wisconsin and Michigan.In the region south of Lake Superior, the average snowfall is 300 inches.  Undaunted, the native Slovenian priest traveled thousands of miles on snowshoes, ministering to the region's Native American population.It was the Ojibway (Chippewa) tribe that gave Father Baraga his nickname, "the Snowshoe Priest."  But the young priest's m … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Homily at the Opening Liturgy of the Synod on the Family

Mass opening the Synod

This morning in St. Peter's Basilica, the Synod Fathers gathered for the Opening Liturgy, before beginning their conversations regarding issues important to the family.The Holy See Press Office has been doing a good job of reporting from the scene.  You can also keep up to date by following #Synod14 on Twitter.Here, the full text of the Holy Father's homily at this morning's mass.Today the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel employ the image of the Lord’s vineyard. The Lord’s vineyard is hi … [Read more...]