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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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0-89870-968-7
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8"  (20.3 cm) x 5 1/4"  (13.3 cm)
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2003

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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

Memorial

    * 8 January

Profile

    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.

Born

    * 7th century Irish

Died

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

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Patronage

    * 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

Memorial

    * 2 May

Profile

    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.

Born

    * c.295 at Alexandria, Egypt

Died

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

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Representation

    * 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

Memorial

    * 15 July

Profile

    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.

Born

    * 1221 at Bagnoregio, Tuscany, Italy

Died

    * 15 July 1274 at Lyon, France of natural causes

Canonized

    * 14 April 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV

Patronage

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

Representation

    * 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

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

Profile
    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.

Born
    24 January 1540 at London, England

Died
    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

Beatified
    9 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII

Canonized
    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.

   

St. Ignatius Loyola

St. Ignatius Loyola Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/31
Tridentine Calendar - 07/31


Patron Of: Retreats, Jesuits

Profile
    Spanish nobility. Youngest of twelve children. Page in the Spanish court of Ferdinand and Isabella. Military education. Soldier, entering the army in 1517, and serving in several campaigns. Wounded in the leg by a cannonball at the siege of Pampeluna on 20 May 1521, an injury that left him partially crippled for life. During his recuperation the only books he had access to were The Golden Legend, a collection of lives of the saints, and the Life of Christ by Ludolph the Carthusian. These books, and the time spent in contemplation, changed him.

    On his recovery he took a vow of chastity, hung his sword before the altar of the Virgin of Montserrat, and donned a pilgrim's robes. Lived in a cave from 1522 to 1523, contemplating the way to live a Christian life. Pilgrim to Rome and the Holy Land in 1523, where he worked to convert Muslims. In 1528 he began studying theology in Barcelona, Alcala, and Paris, receiving his degree on 14 March 1534. His meditations, prayers, visions and insights led to forming the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus on 15 August 1534; it received papal approval in 1541. Friend of James Lainez, Alonso Salmerón, Nicholas Bobadilla, Simón Rodriguez, Blessed Peter Faber, and Saint Francis Xavier, the group that formed the core of the new Society. He never used the term Jesuit, which was coined as an insult by his opponents; the Society today uses the term with pride. He traveled Europe and the Holy Lands, then settled in Rome to direct the Jesuits. His health suffered in later years, and he was nearly blind at death.

    The Jesuits today have over 500 universities and colleges, 30,000 members, and teach over 200,000 students each year.

Born
    1491 at Loyola, Guipuzcoa, Spain as Inigo Lopez de Loyola

Died
    of fever on 31 July 1556 at Rome, Italy

Beatified
    27 July 1609 by Pope Paul V

Canonized
    12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV


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

Memorial
    20 February

Profile

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

Beatified

    9 April 2000 by Pope John Paul II

Canonized

    pending

Patronage

    bodily ills
    captives
    people ridiculed for their piety
    prisoners
    sick people
    sickness


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

Memorial
    22 June
    formerly 13 June
    formerly 9 July

Profile
    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.

Born
    1469 at Beverly, Yorkshire, England

Died
    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

Canonized
    1935 by Pope Pius XI

Patronage
    diocese of Rochester, New York



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/28


Patron Of: Catholic Universities, Clear Weather, Pencil Makers, Schools, Students, Theologians, Scholars, Philosophers, Publishers, Booksellers, Apologists, Chastity, Against Storms, Against Lightning, Universities

Also known as
Angelic Doctor; Doctor Angelicus; Doctor Communis; Great Synthesizer; The Dumb Ox; The Universal Teacher

Profile
    Son of the Count of Aquino, born in the family castle in Lombardy near Naples. Educated by Benedictine monks at Monte Cassino, and at the University of Naples. He secretly joined the mendicant Dominican friars in 1244. His noble family kidnapped and imprisoned him for a year to keep him out of sight, and deprogram him, but he rejoined his order in 1245.

    He studied in Paris from 1245-1248 under Saint Albert the Great, then accompanied Albertus to Cologne. Ordained in 1250, then returned to Paris to teach. Taught theology at University of Paris. He wrote defenses of the mendicant orders, commentaries on Aristotle and Lombard's Sentences, and some bible-related works, usually by dictating to secretaries. He won his doctorate, and taught in several Italian cities. Recalled by king and university to Paris in 1269, then recalled to Naples in 1272 where he was appointed regent of studies while working on the Summa Theologica.

    On 6 December 1273 he experienced a divine revelation which so enraptured him that he abandoned the Summa, saying that it and his other writing were so much straw in the wind compared to the reality of the divine glory. He died four months later while en route to the Council of Lyons, overweight and with his health broken by overwork.

    His works have been seminal to the thinking of the Church ever since. They systematized her great thoughts and teaching, and combined Greek wisdom and scholarship methods with the truth of Christianity. Pope Leo VIII commanded that his teachings be studied by all theology students. He was proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 1567.

Born
    c.1225 at Roccasecca, Aquino, Naples, Italy

Died
    7 March 1274 at Fossanuova near Terracina of apparent natural causes; relics interred at Saint-Servin, Toulouse, France; relics translated to the Church of the Jacobins, Toulouse on 22 October 1974

Canonized
    1323



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/22
Tridentine Calendar - 06/22


Patron Of: Adopted Children, Civil Servants, Court Workers, Difficult Marriages, Stepparents, Widowers, Lawyers, Large Families, Politicians, Statesmen

Profile
    Studied at London and Oxford. Page for the Archbishop of Canterbury. Lawyer. Twice married, father of one son and three daughters, and a devoted family man. Writer. Friend of King Henry VIII. Lord Chancellor of England, a position of power second only to the king. Opposed the king on the matter of royal divorce, and refused to swear the Oath of Supremacy which declared the king the head of the Church in England. Resigned the Chancellorship, and was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Martyred for his refusal to bend his religious beliefs to the king's political needs.
 
Born
    1478 at London, England

Died
    beheaded in 1535; head kept in the Roper Vault, Saint Dunstan's church, Canterbury, England; body at Saint Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London, England

Canonized
    1935 by Pope Pius XI


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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