ST. CLARE OF ASSISI

AUGUST 11 is the feast day of ST. CLARE (+1253). In 1969, it was moved from August 12. Clare’s is a surprising story of fortitude and commitment. Clare was born in Assisi 16 July, 1194, daughter of Favorino Sciffi, the wealthy count of Sasso-Rosso, and his wife...

POPE ST. BENEDICT III–DEALING WITH CONTENTION

Benedict, son of Peter, was born in Rome, sometime between 790 and 810 AD. He was a well-educated man, known for his learning and piety. Before Pope Leo IV died, he had raised Benedict to the level of cardinal-priest, assigning him to the church of San Callisto. On...

ST. DOMINIC DE GUZMAN

AUGUST 4 is the traditional feast day of ST. DOMINIC de GUZMAN (+1221). Dominic, son of Felix de Guzman and Juana of Aza, was born August 8, 1170 in Calervega, Spain. He was named after St. Dominic of Silos, whose namesake Benedictine monastery, was close by. As a...

POPE SAINT STEPHEN I

POPE SAINT STEPHEN I A Roman by birth, Stephen’s father was Jovius. after that we know nothing of Stephen until Liber Pontificalis, the ancient book of the popes, describes him as an archdeacon under Pope Lucius I. As Lucius assumed that he would be martyred, he...