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Fr. Charles P Connor

Defenders of the faith have been raised up in every era of the Church to proclaim fidelity to the truth by their words and deeds. Some have fought heresy and overcome confusion like Athanasius against the Arians and Ignatius Loyola in response to the Protestant reformers. Others have shed their blood for the faith, like the early Christian martyrs of Rome, or Thomas More, John Fisher and Edmund Campion in Reformation England.

Still others have endured a "dry" martyrdom like St. Philip Howard, Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty and Jesuit Walter Ciszek. Intellectuals have been no less conspicuous in their zealous defense of the faith, like Bonaventure, Albert, Thomas Aquinas, or Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

All these holy people, and many like them, are chronicled in Defenders of the Faith. All are genuine Catholic heroes, and all ages, especially in the 21st century, are in need of such inspiring figures.

"The holiness, heroism, and perseverance of the men and woman described by Fr. O'Connor will inspire and instruct readers defending the Catholic Faith in every sort of situation. Each chapter is a well-crafted portrait filled with historical detail, theological insight, and lessons about living and spreading the Gospel in trying times. A seamless combination of history, biography, apologetics, and evangelization."
-Carl Olson, Author, Will Catholics Be "Left Behind"?

Fr. Charles Connor, a Church historian, is the host of several 13 -part series on EWTN, and is the author of the best-selling Classic Catholic Converts.


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St. Albert the Great

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 11/15

Patron Of: Medical Technicians, Scientists, Students, Philosophers, School Children, Natural Sciences, World Youth Day

Also known as

    * Albert of Regensburg
    * Erhart of Regensburg
    * Erhard von Regensburg
    * Erhard of Ratisbon


    * 8 January


    Missionary bishop. Evangelized in Bavaria, Germany working mainly around modern Regensburg. Assisted the archbishop of Trier, Germany. Bishop of Regensburg. Miracle worker. Baptized Saint Odilia of Alsace, which cured her congenital blindness. After his death a group of women formed a religious group called Erardinonnen (Nuns of Erhard) to pray perpetually at Erhard’s tomb; Pope Leo IX gave them his approval, and they continued until the Reformation.


    * 7th century Irish


    * c.686 of natural causes
    * interred at Regensburg, Germany
    * his crozier is preserved as a relic in the parish church in Neidemunster


    * Pre-Congregation


    * against cattle diseases
    * against eye diseases
    * against eye problems
    * against plague
    * bakers
    * cobblers
    * hospitals
    * shoemakers


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


St. Athanasius of Alexandria

St. Athanasius of Alexandria Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 5/2

Also known as

    * Athanasius of Egypt
    * Athanasius the Great
    * Champion of Christ’s Divinity
    * Champion of Orthodoxy
    * Father of Orthodoxy
    * Greek Doctor of the Church
    * Holy Hierarch
    * Pillar of the Church


    * 2 May


    Studied the classics and theology in Alexandria, Egypt. Deacon, secretary, and student of bishop Alexander of Alexandria. Attended the Council of Nicea in 325 where he fought for the defeat of Arianism and acceptance of the divinity of Jesus. Formulated the doctrine of homo-ousianism which says that Christ is the same substance as the Father; Arianism taught that Christ was different from and a creation of the Father, a creature and not part of God. Bishop of Alexandria c.328; he served for 46 years. When the dispute over Arianism spilled over from theology to politics, Athanasius got exiled five times, spending more than a third of his episcopate in exile. Biographer of Saint Anthony the Abbot. Confessor of the faith and Doctor of the Church, he fought for the acceptance of the Nicene Creed.


    * c.295 at Alexandria, Egypt


    * 2 May 373 at Alexandria, Egypt of natural causes
    * relics in San Croce, Venice, Italy


    * Pre-Congregation


    * bishop arguing with a pagan
    * bishop holding an open book
    * bishop standing over a defeated heretic


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio

St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/15
Tridentine Calendar - 07/14

Patron Of: Against Bowel Disorder

Also known as

    * Seraphic Doctor of the Church
    * the Devout Doctor


    * 15 July


    Healed from a childhood disease through the prayers of Saint Francis of Assisi. Bonaventure joined the Order of Friars Minor at age 22. Studied theology and philosophy in Paris. Friend of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Doctor of Theology. Friend of King Saint Louis IX. General of the Franciscan Order at 35. Bishop of Albano, Italy. Cardinal. Spoke at the Council of Lyons, but died before its close. Writer. Biographer of Saint Francis. Doctor of the Church.


    * 1221 at Bagnoregio, Tuscany, Italy


    * 15 July 1274 at Lyon, France of natural causes


    * 14 April 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV


    * against intestinal problems
    * Bagnoregio, Italy
    * Cochiti Indian Pueblo
    * Saint Bonaventure University, New York


    * cardinal‘s hat
    * ciborium
    * Holy Communion
    * cardinal in Franciscan robes, usually reading or writing

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


St. Edmund Campion

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 12/01

Also known as
    The Pope's Champion

    1 December
    25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

    Son of a Catholic bookseller named Edmund whose family converted to Anglicanism. The boy planned to enter his father's trade, but earned a scholarship to Saint John’s College, Oxford under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth I's court favorite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Sought after speaker. Queen Elizabeth offered him a deaconate in the Church of England. He declined the offer, fled to the continent, and joined the Jesuits. Ordained in 1578.

    He spent some time working in Bohemia, then returned to London as part of a Jesuit mission, crossing the Channel disguised as a jewel merchant, and worked with Jesuit brother Saint Nicholas Owen. There he wrote a description of his new mission in which he explained his work was religious, not political; it became known as Campion’s Brag. Widely distributed, it encouraged many Catholics to remain loyal to their faith. It also led to Edmund's arrest, imprisonment and torture in the Tower of London, and martyrdom.

    24 January 1540 at London, England

    hanged, drawn, and quartered on 1 December 1581 at Tyburn, England; parts of his body were displayed at each of the four city gates as a warning to other Catholics; relics at Rome, Prague, London, Oxford, Stonyhurst, and Roehampton

    9 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII

    May 1970 by Pope Paul VI; one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


Bl. Jacinta Marto

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 02/20

Patron Of: Prisoners, Sickness, people ridiculed for their piety, Captives, Sick People, Bodily Ills

    20 February


    Youngest visionary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.


    9 April 2000 by Pope John Paul II




    bodily ills
    people ridiculed for their piety
    sick people

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


St. John Fisher

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/22

Patron Of: Diocese of Rochester, New York

Also known as
    John of Rochester
    John Fisher of Rochester

    22 June
    formerly 13 June
    formerly 9 July

    Studied theology at Cambridge University, receiving degrees in 1487 and 1491. Parish priest in Northallerton, England from 1491 to 1494. Gained a reputation for his teaching abilities. Proctor of Cambridge University. Confessor to Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, in 1497. Bishop of Rochester, England in 1504; he worked to raise the standard of preaching in his see. Chancellor of Cambridge. Tutor of the young King Henry VIII. Excellent speaker and writer. When in 1527 he was asked to study the problem of Henry's marriage, he became the target of Henry's wrath by defending the validity of the marriage and rejecting Henry's claim to be head of the Church in England. Imprisoned in 1534 for his opposition, he spent 14 months in prison without trial. While in prison he was created cardinal in 1535 by Pope Paul III. Martyr.

    1469 at Beverly, Yorkshire, England

    martyred on 22 June 1535 on Tower Hill, Tyburn, England
    buried in the churchyard of All Hallows, Barking, without rites or a shroud
    head exhibited on London Bridge for two weeks as an example, then thrown into the River Thames
    relics in Saint Peter's Church in the Tower of London

Name Meaning
    God is gracious; gift of God

    1935 by Pope Pius XI

    diocese of Rochester, New York

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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