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Today, January 22, we celebrate Saint Vincent, patron of vinegar-makers and wine-makers

Jan 22, 2022

St. Vincent was Deacon of Saragossa, and a martyr under Diocletian in 304. This most renowned martyr of Spain is represented in the dalmatic of a deacon, and has as emblems a cross, a raven, a grate, or a fire-pile.

Today, January 21, we celebrate virgin and martyr St. Agnes

Jan 21, 2022

On Jan. 21, the Roman Catholic Church honors the virgin and martyr St. Agnes, who suffered death for her consecration to Christ.

Today, January 19, We Celebrate St. Canutus, King of Denmark

Jan 19, 2022

Saint Canutus, King of Denmark,  succeeded his elder brother Harold on the throne of Denmark in the year 1080. He began his reign by a successful war against the enemies of the state, and by planting the faith in the conquered provinces.

Today, January 18, We Celebrate St. Charles of Sezze

Jan 18, 2022

Saint Charles was born John Charles Marchioni in Sezze, Italy on October 19, 1613.  His family was extremely pious. They lived in a rural area and as a child Saint Charles worked as a shepherd.  

Today, January 17, We Celebrate St. Anthony of Egypt

Jan 17, 2022

On his Jan. 17 feast day, both Eastern and Western Catholics celebrate the life and legacy of St. Anthony of Egypt, the founder of Christian monasticism whose radical approach to discipleship permanently impacted the Church.

Today, January 16, We Celebrate St. Marcellus, Pope

Jan 16, 2022

Nothing of Marcellus' life before his papacy has survived the centuries. He became Pope at the end of the persecutions of Diocletian in aound 308-309. The persecutions had disrupted the Church so much that there had been a gap of over a year with no Pope. Once he was elected, he faced several challenges, including reconsituting the clergy, which had been decimated and whose remnant had practiced their vocation only covertly and with the expectation of martyrdom. 

Today, January 15, We Celebrate St. Paul of Thebes

Jan 15, 2022

On Jan. 15, the Catholic Church remembers Saint Paul of Thebes, whose life of solitude and penance gave inspiration to the monastic movement during its early years.

Today, January 13, We Celebrate St. Sava, Archbishop of Serbia

Jan 14, 2022

Originally Prince Rastko Nemanjic, he was the first Patriarch of Serbia (1219-1233) and is an important Saint in the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Today, January 12, We Celebrate St. Hilary of Poitiers

Jan 13, 2022

On January 13, Catholics celebrate St. Hilary of Poitiers, a fourth-century philosopher whose studies made him a champion of Orthodox Trinitarian theology during one of the most difficult periods of Church history. He protected the Church and its members by brilliantly defending the sacred humanity of Jesus while also defeating Arianism which denied Christ's placement within the Trinity. 

Today, January 12, We Celebrate St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

Jan 12, 2022

 On Jan. 12, Roman Catholics remember Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, who not only founded a religious congregation, but was also instrumental in establishing the Canadian city of Montreal.

Today, January 11, We Celebrate St. Theodosius Abbot

Jan 11, 2022

Born to a pious family in 423 A.D., Theodosius began his studies at an early age, and became a lector while still an adolescent. The example of Abraham led him to leave home in order to properly follow God. He met Saint Simeon Stylites in Antioch, and Simeon recognized him as a holy man and leader, and invited Theodosius onto his pillar for prayer, blessing, and advice.

Today, January 10, We Celebrate St. Gregory of Nyssa

Jan 10, 2022

The son of two saints, Basil and Emmilia, young Gregory was raised by his older brother, St. Basil the Great, and his sister, Macrina, in modern-day Turkey. Gregory's success in his studies suggested great things were ahead for him. 

Today, January 9, We Celebrate St. Adrian of Canterbury

Jan 9, 2022

The famous Abbot of St. Augustine's in Canterbury, was likely born in Libya Cyrenaica, North Africa.

Today, January 7, We Celebrate St. Raymond of Penafort

Jan 7, 2022

Saint Raymond of Penafort, a Dominican priest who worked to aid Christian captives during the era of the Crusades and also helped organize the Church’s legal code, will be celebrated liturgically on Jan. 7.

Today, January 6, We Celebrate The Epiphany Of Our Lord

Jan 6, 2022

The Epiphany of Our Lord is the Christian feast observed on Jan. 6, 2016.  The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphainen, a verb that means "to shine upon," "to manifest," or “to make known.”

Today, January 5, We Celebrate St. John Nepomucene Neumann

Jan 5, 2022

John Neumann was born on March 28, 1811, in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. His parents were Philip and Agnes Neumann. He had four sisters and a brother. After college, John entered the seminary. When the time came for his ordination, the bishop was sick and the date was never rescheduled as Bohemia had enough priests at the time.

Today, January 4, We Celebrate St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Jan 4, 2022

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was the foundress and first superior of the Sisters of Charity in the United States.  She was born to Episcopalian parents into New York City high society on August 28, 1774.

Today, Monday, January 3, We Celebrate the Memorial of St. Gregory Nazianzen

Jan 2, 2022

St. Gregory was a Doctor of the Church, born at Arianzus in Asia Minor, probably in 325, and died in 389. He was the son of Gregory, Bishop of Nazianzus (329-374.)

Today, Sunday, January 2, We Celebrate the Memorial of St. Basil the Great

Jan 1, 2022

St. Basil, one of the most distinguished Doctors of the Church and Bishop of Caesarea, was likely born in 329 and died on January 1, 379.

Today, Saturday, January 1, We Celebrate Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Dec 31, 2021

The title “Mother of God” goes back to the third or fourth century, but the Greek term Theotokos (“The God-bearer”) was officially consecrated as Catholic doctrine at the Council of Ephesus in 431, thus becoming the first Marian dogma. At the end of the Council of Ephesus, crowds of people marched through the streets shouting: “Praised be the Theotokos!”