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Saint Philip Howard Earl of Arundel

Saint Philip Howard

Saint Philip Howard

Saint Philip Howard

Saint Philip Howard  (1557 – 1595)

Philip Howard, son and heir of Thomas, fourth Duke of Norfolk, was born in the last year of the short reign of Mary Tudor 1557. A glittering future could be predicted for him; but it was also an uncertain, troubled time. His mother died soon after he was born, and his father married again twice, his third wife being Elizabeth Dacrea widow with four children.…

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Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke

Apostle and Evangelist Luke

Apostle and Evangelist Luke

The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, was a native of Syrian Antioch, a companion of the holy Apostle Paul (Phil.1:24, 2 Tim. 4:10-11), and a physician enlightened in the Greek medical arts. Hearing about Christ, Luke arrived in Palestine and fervently accepted the preaching of salvation from the Lord Himself. As one of the Seventy Apostles, St Luke was sent by the Lord with the others to preach…

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Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Anonymous Florentine Artist, St. Ignatius of Antioch, 1486

Anonymous Florentine Artist, St. Ignatius of Antioch, 1486Bishop and Martyr
Born 35 Province of Syria, Roman Empire
Died 108 Rome, Roman Empire

St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, was the disciple of St. John. When Domitian persecuted the Church, St. Ignatius obtained peace for his own flock by fasting and prayer. But for his part he desired to suffer with Christ, and to prove himself a perfect disciple.

In the year 107, Trajan came to Antioch, and forced…

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I am God’s wheat and shall be ground by the teeth of wild animals

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I am writing to all the churches to let it be known that I will gladly die for God if only you do not stand in my way. I plead with you: show me no untimely kindness. Let me be food for the wild beasts, for they are my way to God. I am God’s wheat and shall be ground by their teeth so that I may become Christ’s pure bread. Pray to Christ for me that the animals will be the means of making me a…

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Saint Richard Gwyn

Saint Richard Gwyn

Saint Richard Gwyn

Born 1537 Montgomeryshire, Wales
Died 15 October 1584 (aged 47) Wrexham, Wales

Early Life
Little is known of Richard Gwyn’s (also known as Richard White ) early life. He was born in Montgomeryshire, Wales and at the age of 20 he matriculated at Oxford University, but did not complete a degree. He then went to Cambridge University, where he lived on the charity of St John’s Collegeand its master,…

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Saint Marie Marguerite d’Youville

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Marie Marguerite d’Youville Born 1701 Died 1771

MARGUERITE d’YOUVILLE, the first native Canadian to be elevated to sainthood, was born October 15, 1701 at Varennes, Quebec. She was the eldest of six children born to Christophe Dufrost de Lajemmerais and Marie-Renée Gaultier. Her father died when she was seven years old leaving this family of six in great poverty. It was only through the…

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Teresa of Ávila

Teresa of Ávila

Teresa of Ávila

Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada (28 March 1515 – 4 October 1582).

Early Life

Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada was born in 1515 in Gotarrendura, in the province of Ávila, Spain. Her paternal grandfather, Juanito de Hernandez, was a marrano (Jewish convert to Christianity) and was condemned by the Spanish Inquisition for allegedly…

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Saint Edward the Confessor

Saint Edward the Confessor

Saint Edward the Confessor

Born 1002/05, Islip, England
Died January 5 1066 London
Canonized 1161

The body of Edward the Confessor is carried to Westminster Abbey, a detail from the Bayeux Tapestry, c. 1082. The king died early in 1066 and was interred in the church of the abbey at Westminster, which he had refounded and to which he had devoted much time, energy and money. His piety is not in doubt, though the Anglo-Saxon…

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St. Wilfrid, Bishop of York, Confessor.

Saint Wilfrid

Saint Wilfrid

WILFRID, in English-Saxon Willferder, to who’s zealous labours several churches both in our island and abroad were indebted for their conversion to Christ, was born in the kingdom of Northumberland, towards the year 634.

At fourteen years of age he was sent to the monastery of Lindisfarnethat he might be trained up in the study of the sacred sciences, in which he discovered an application,…

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