Category Archives: Saints

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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Honorata, and women unjustly in prison

There are far too few women saints honoured in the calendars of the churches. In a modern (!) calendar of saints and holy ones of the Church of England 80% of those honoured are men. (Click here for more on … Continue reading

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Basil and Gregory: January 2nd

January 2nd  in Christmastide We continue to celebrate Christ’s birth – the miracle of God coming to live with us. Today is the feast of Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen On January 2, the Church honours the memory of … Continue reading

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