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Winchester, VA – John was born in the city of Antioch around the year 344. He was given the name ”Chrysostom,” which means “golden-mouthed” because of his eloquence. HE was raised as a Christian, and at 30 chose to follow the anchorite way of life in the mountains.bUpon his return to Antioch twelve years later on […]

Winchester, VA – Clodoald was the son of King Chlodomer of Orleans and his wife Guntheuc. He was raised by his grandmother, Saint Clotilde and was able, unlike his brothers, to escape the murderous machinations of his uncle Clotaire I, by escaping to Provence. He renounced his claim to the throne, and lived as a hermit […]

Winchester, VA – Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was born in Skopje, a city in the Ottoman Empire, in 1910. Enthralled as a child by stories of missionaries, she knew by 12 that she was called to the religious life. She joined the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland at 18, aiming to learn English, which was the language […]

Winchester, VA – Saint Raymond Nonnatus was born in Catalonia, Spain in 1204. He was delivered via cesarean section after his mother died, hence the name “Nonnatus”: non natus, meaning “not born” in Latin. It is for this that he is the patron saint of midwives, obstetricians, and pregnant mothers. Raymond took the habit with the […]

Winchester, VA – One of the 12 apostles, Saint Bartholomew is identified with the Nathaniel of the New testaments who is introduced to Christ by Philip, with whom he is always mentioned, in the Gospel of Saint John. Eusebius of Caesarea’s work on Church history notes that following Christ’s ascension, Bartholomew went to India and left […]

Winchester, VA – Today is the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The roots of this feast are found in the hierarchichal structure of the Davidic Kingdom. In Israel, the queen was not the wife of the king, but his mother. With Jesus being King of Israel—and of the universe- from the line […]

Winchester, VA – Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto was born in Venice on August 20, 1835, and was ordained a priest in 1858. Elected Pope in August 1904, he sought to renew all things in Christ. He fought against the heresy of Modernism with its indifferentism and relativism, encouraged scripture study, and effected the codifying of Canon Law. […]

Winchester, VA – Saint Helena was the mother of the Emperor Constantine. Born in Bithynia in 330, she was married to Constantius, a Roman general, who was made Caesar, or junior emperor, in 293. Constantius later divorced Helena to marry another woman, and their son, Constantine, became Augustus, or emperor, in 306. She returned to the […]

Winchester, VA – Tarsicius was a 12 year old acolyte who most likely lived during the persecutions of the Emperor Valerian. One day he was given a mission  to bring the imprisoned Christians the Holy Eucharist because there were no deacons to send. On his way, he passed a group of children who asked him to […]

Winchester, VA – Stephen was born in Hungary in 977, the son of the Magyar chieftain Geza and was raised a Christian. He married the daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria and upon assuming his reign, devoted himself to the spread of the Christian faith through patronage of church leaders, erecting churches, and defeating the […]


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