“One of the great arguments for Christianity”

Cardinal Newman once wrote that “the outburst of saints in 1500-1600 after the monstrous corruption” of the Renaissance papacy was “one of the great arguments for Christianity.” Today is the Feast of St. Angela Merici (1474-1540), foundress of the Ursulines, the first women’s teaching order. Born in Italy near Brescia, at age 22 she gathered [Read More...]

Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis (1871-1927)

Today marks the death of Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis (1871-1927), Bishop and founder of three religious communities. Born in Lithuania, he joined the Marian Fathers and was ordained in 1898. He earned a doctorate in Theology at the University of Fribourg and was a theology professor until he was named Bishop of Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1918. [Read More...]

Blessed Paul Joseph Nardini (1821-1862)

Today marks the death of Blessed Paul Joseph Nardini (1821-1862), priest and founder of a religious community. Born to a single mother in Germany, he was raised by his aunt and uncle. After studying at the University of Munich, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Speyer in 1846. For the next sixteen [Read More...]