Saints of the Week

In newspapers and bulletins
around the country

Saint Macrina the Elder

What clearer evidence can there be of my faith, than that I was brought up by my grandmother. She fashioned and formed me upon the doctrines of piety.
Basil the Great

    Facts about St. Macrina the Elder

  • Towards the end of the 3rd century, Macrina learned about the Christian faith from St. Gregory Thaumaturgis.
  • Suring the severe persecution in the Roman Empire, Macrina fled with her husband to the Black Sea.
  • She passed the faith on to her children and would become the grandmother of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nyssa.

Blessed Tommaso Reggio

I want to become a saint, cost what it may.

    Facts about Bl. Tommaso Reggio

  • Tommaso was the Archbishop of Genoa from 1892 until his death in 1901.
  • He issued one of the first Catholic newspapers and founded the Sisters of Saint Martha, a religious order devoted to welcoming the poorest of the poor.
  • When a major earthquake struck his diocese, he consoled the injured and the orphaned

Saint Basil the Great

It is easier to measure the entire sea with a tiny cup than to grasp the ineffable greatness of God with the human mind.

    Facts about St. Basil the Great

  • Basil was a 4th-century Greek Bishop and theologian who cared for the poor and needy.
  • He opposed the heresy of Arianism and boldly taught that Jesus was both fully human and fully divine.
  • Basil established guidelines for monastic life and liturgical prayer. Today, he is honored as one of the Doctors of the Church.

Saint Stephen

Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Do not hold this sin against them.

    Facts about St. Stephen

  • He was a deacon in the early Church and was accused of blasphemy by members of various synagogues.
  • At his trial, Stephen have a long discourse defending his faith and denouncing the Jewish authorities.
  • He was stoned to death and is venerated as the first martyr of Christianity.