01Apr Saints of the Month (April)

Saints in April

01 April

St Ceallach (Celsus), Bishop

Ceallach (Celsus) was born in 1080. He became abbot of Armagh in 1105 and was ordained priest. He was influenced by the reform then in progress in Munster. On the death …

01Mar Saints of the Month (March)

Saints in the Liturgical Year

01Feb Saints of the Month (February)

Saints in February

01 February

St Brigid, Abbess

Brigid is renowned for her hospitality, almsgiving and care of the sick. When she was a young girl her father wished to make a very suitable marriage for her but she insisted …

01Jan Saints of the Month (January)

Saints in January

01 January

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

At the Council of Ephesus (451), Mary, the mother of Jesus was proclaimed as Mother of God or Theotokos, acknowledging the very Godhead of her Son, Jesus …

01Dec Saints of the Month (December)

Saints in December

03 December

St Francis Xavier, Priest, Missionary

Born in 1506 in Navarre (Spain); died on this day in 1552 off the coast of China. Francis Xavier met Ignatius of Loyola while both were studying in Paris and …

01Nov Saints of the Month (November)

Saints in November

01 November

All Saints Day

This feast began in the East to commemorate all martyrs and was progressively adopted in the West. Celebrated on this day in the eighth century and soon widely observed. Honoured today are …

01Oct Saints of the Month (October)

Saints in October

01 October

St Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin, Doctor of the Church

Born at Alençon (France) in 1873; died of tuberculosis at Lisieux on 30 September 1897. From a devout family, she entered a Carmelite monastery …

01Sep Saints of the Month (September)

Saints in September

03 September

St Gregory the Great, Pope, Doctor of the Church

Born about 540; died in Rome in 604. While prefect of Rome, he founded monasteries there and in Sicily and himself became a monk. Called to …

01Aug Saints of the Month (August)

Saints in August

01 August

St Alphonsus Ligouri, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

Alphonsus (1696-1787) from Marianella near Naples studied law and practiced as a lawyer until the age of 27, when he began studying for the priesthood. After ordination …

01Jul Saints of the Month (July)

Saints in July

01 July

St Oliver Plunkett, bishop and martyr

Oliver Plunkett was born in 1625 in County Meath. He went to Rome in 1647 and was ordained in 1654. He taught in the Roman College of Propaganda Fide




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