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Winchester, VA – Isaac Jogues was born in January 1607 in Orleans, France, into a middle class family, the fifth of nine children. From the age of 10 he attended Jesuit schools, and at 17 entered the Jesuit novitiate. His Jesuit community had a strong missionary spirit and were working hard at evangelizing New France. He […]

Winchester, VA – Born in Genoa in 1881 to a middle class family in Genoa, Maria Giovanna Fasce received confirmation of her call to religious life after attending the canonization of St. Rita of Cascia by Pope Leo XIII. Maria’s family was not so receptive to her religious vocation. She was accepted into the Order of […]

Winchester, VA – Saint Denis was a bishop of Paris in the third century who was martyred with his companions Rusticus and Eleutherius. There are different accounts his story. According to one account by the poet Venantius Fortunatus, he was sent from Italy to Gaul to evangelize the peoples and settled on the Ile de la […]

Winchester, VA – Wenceslaus was born around the year 907 in Prague, the son of Duke Vratislaus I. When Wenceslaus became of age, he assumed control of the government from his mother, who was regent, and placed the duchy of Bohemia under the protection of Germany. He reintroduced the Latin rite of Christianity to the area, […]

Winchester, VA – Born in 1581 in Gascony, France, to peasant farmers, Vincent was a smart child, but he was required to work as the herder of his family’s livestock. His father would go on to sell his oxen to finance Vincent’s seminary education at 15.  Vincent’s goal in becoming a priest was to become successful, […]

Winchester, VA – We hear their names every time the first Eucharistic Prayer is said during Mass… Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian… Just who are “Cosmas and Damian”? Cosmas and Damian were born in Arabia in the third century. They were twins, both physicians, who worked in Syria. They reportedly would accept no […]

Winchester, VA – Sergius was actually born Bartholomew, of high noble status in the early 14th century to Kiril and Maria. He struggled with his education, especially in learning to read. According to his biography, a spiritual elder gave him a piece of holy bread to eat, and from that moment on he was miraculously able […]

Winchester, VA – Saint Matthew was a Jew, the son of Alphaeus, probably from Galilee. He worked in the city of Capernaum as a tax collector for Rome, an occupation whose practitioners were regarded as “public sinners.” Matthew responded immediately to Jesus’ call to follow him, leaving behind everything. After Jesus’ death,   he wrote the first […]

Winchester, VA – Saint Januarius lived in the late third and early fourth centuries. He was born in Italy and was the bishop of Benevento at the time that the Emperor Diocletian was executing his infamous persecutions of Christians. When he and two laymen went to visit two deacons and two laymen in the prison, he […]

Winchester, VA – Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This feast commemorates three historical events: the finding of the True Cross by St. Helena, the dedication of churches built by Constantine over the sites of the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Calvary, and the return of the True Cross to Jerusalem by […]


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