Solider, Mayor, Saint

Today marks the Feast of St. Jerome Emiliani (1481-1537). A native of Venice, he served as a soldier and as mayor of Treviso before he entered religious life. Ordained a priest in 1518, he felt a strong call to help the urban poor, particularly abandoned children. He founded orphanages, hospitals and homes for ex-prostitutes. In [Read More...]

The Saint from Darfur

Today marks the death of St. Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947). Born in Darfur, she was sold into slavery at age seven and forcibly converted to Islam. She was renamed Bakhita (meaning “fortunate”) by her captors. She was sold several times, the last time to an Italian diplomat. It’s hard to imagine the brutality she experienced as [Read More...]

Sisters on the March

This photo was taken during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. If you’re interested in learning more about the participation of women religious in the movement, check out the documentary Sisters of Selma, which is now available on DVD. [Read more...]