Category Archives: Saints

Andrew: Called in the workplace

Andrew (feast day November 30th) was one of the first apostles Jesus recruited. He abandoned his net immediately when Jesus called him and his brother Simon Peter. Andrew was the apostle who told Jesus about the boy with the loaves … Continue reading

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Martin de Porres

Born the son of a black freed slave and a Spanish knight, Martin de Porres (feast day 3rd November) began life in 16th century Peru greatly disadvantaged. His father disowned him because of his colour. At baptism he was named … Continue reading

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St Galla

St Galla (feast day 5th October) has many similarities with St Olympias, the woman supporter of St John Chrysostom. Like Olympias, Galla was widowed at a young age and like Olympias she formed a community close to, and supportive of, … Continue reading

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Heimrad

“There can be little doubt that the man was deranged.” So ends the brief biography of St Heimrad (feast day 28th June) in Sabine Baring Gould’s monumental sixteen volume¬†Lives of the Saints.¬† Undoubtedly Heimrad was a challenging man, an eccentric … Continue reading

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A witness of female resistance

Among all the early saints of the church few have been more honoured and loved than the fourth century martyr Agnes, a victim of male brutality. Her feast day (January 21st) is kept by churches all around the world. Although … Continue reading

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Refugee, grandmother and saint

Our mothers and grandmothers often shape our outlook on life and our faith. It is in the home that we learn to love and explore what life is about. Very often the women of a household have a key role … Continue reading

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Fewer women can read this than men

Fewer women can read this sentence than men. Two thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women. It is estimated that about 500 million women in our world today are illiterate. This is an astonishing figure. Today, in our series … Continue reading

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