One Student’s Story of Meeting the Pope


Saint Therese never fails me! The beautiful saint of the late nineteenth century who wrote that she would spend her time in Heaven doing good upon Earth has been a patron and friend of mine for years now. I have often prayed to her to intercede to God for me for various occasions and circumstances. Continue reading


The Founder of Catholic Education: Saint John Baptist de la Salle


Saint John Baptist de la Salle revolutionized education in France and is considered the founder of Catholic schools. Known as the patron saint of teachers, de la Salle is remembered for establishing the Christian Brothers, a religious institute devoted to education. Continue reading

The Feast of Saint Sebastian

Only a foot soldier of Christ could fearlessly face being tied to a tree and shot full of arrows. Saint Sebastian survived this execution attempt and returned to tell Roman emperor Diocletian to repent for his sins. Diocletian’s answer was to have Saint Sebastian beaten to death and his body thrown in the sewers of Rome circa 288 AD.

Here is a short film that takes you to the Basilica where Saint Sebastian is honored on January 20, his feast day. The faithful can visit both the church and the catacombs where his remains are believed to be buried. – Ginny Prior



St. Praxedes and Other Early Christian Women


Saint Praxedes

Saint Praxedes was an early Christian virgin and martyr from second century Rome.  Saint Praxedes was one of many influential women in the early church, a fact that is often overlooked today by those who forget the important roles many women played in the first few centuries after Christ. Continue reading


Saint Anthony: Patron of Lost People and Things

Saint Anthony

Saint Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of lost people or things. He was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195 and initially joined the Augustinian Order. He later joined the Franciscian Order after being inspired by five Franciscan friars who dedicated their lives to sharing God’s love and were martyred for it.

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Saint Agnes: Martyred at 13 – honored forevermore

Imagine being so fervent in your faith that you are willing to die for it. Imagine being 13 years old. Saint Agnes held fast to her Christian beliefs and was martyred in 304 AD. Her feast day is celebrated on January 21. In Rome, it is a moving tradition that attracts a large flock of faithful and two baby lambs who have been specially chosen to symbolize Saint Agnes and Jesus, the lamb of God. Join us for this celebration:


Videographer – Ginny Prior; Photographer – Marian Pantaleon; Producer – Mitchell Woodrow. Thanks to all Saint Mary’s pilgrims who contributed photos to this video.


Saint Agnes – Patron Saint of Young Women

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Saint Agnes is that she was martyred at the young age of twelve or thirteen. The legends say that she rejected a marriage proposal because of her devotion to faith and the slighted man reported to authorities that she was a Christian. Continue reading


How to Live Joyfully: Saint Benedict’s Monastic Rule


Rome is, itself, a paradox. Ancient basilicas stand guard as monuments to Christianity, even as sirens and car horns remind us that peace can be fleeting.

Still, it is possible to find. In an era where war tears at so many countries, record numbers of people are making pilgrimages; one in three according to the United Nations. Continue reading


Saint John Bosco: Turning Lost Boys into Men


It was fate… or so Pope Pius IX thought when he heard about the dreams that Saint John Bosco had had since the age of nine, calling him to a ministry. Saint Bosco is known for working with neglected boys as the founder of the Salesian Society. Continue reading