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Why do we venerate the saints?

Fra Angelico painting The Domincan Blessed

WHEN attending Mass in Brisbane a few months ago I had my first experience of déjà vu. Every time I left the church, a local parishioner would grab my arm, fix me with an enquiring look and ask with great earnestness: “What order are you from?” After a few days of repeating the words “Dominicans” or “Order of Preachers” I ... Read More »

Mary Aikenhead servant of the poor

Mary Aikenhead

MARY Aikenhead formed the Sisters of Charity in Dublin, Ireland, in 1815, with the special mission of serving the poor, at a time of widespread famine and growing unemployment. Known as the walking nuns, they were the first to take their work beyond the cloistered convent directly to the streets, helping the poorest and most neglected people in their homes. ... Read More »

Brown Nurses continue work with the poor

Serving the dying

OUR Lady’s Nurses for the Poor await the Church’s permission to pursue the cause for sainthood for their founder Eileen O’Connor. In April 2013 a Centenary Mass of Thanksgiving was held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, recognising 100 years of service to the community by the order, affectionately known as the “Brown Nurses”. In the early 1900s Australia was ... Read More »

Praying to aunty

Saintly connection: Paul and Genevieve Swan with four of their five children, Daniel, Caitlyn, Rebecca and Felicity holding the official invitation to the canonisation of their relative, Blessed Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas.

By Emilie Ng SLIPPING out of a driveway in Sydney, Paul Swan and his mother Joan make a reverent plea to the Virgin Mary. The pair is headed to visit John Swan, Joan’s husband and Paul’s father, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for almost 13 years. With the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a special saintly relative ... Read More »

Pope, creating six new saints, uses newly abbreviated formula

Indian saints

POPE Francis proclaimed six new saints using a newly simplified rite, and praised them for the love and self-giving with which they served God and built up his kingdom by serving the poor and needy. Creating the two Indian and four Italian saints on November 23, the feast of Christ the King, the Pope said, “They responded with extraordinary creativity ... Read More »

How John Paul II changed our outlook on the saints

mary mackillop chapel art

I HAVE spent the past few days in Rome attending meetings at the Vatican. The city of Rome is a city of saints and martyrs of the Church. One cannot walk far before encountering the statues, shrines, relics, churches, stories of the saints and blesseds who are such important bearers and role models of our Catholic tradition. The Church commemorates ... Read More »

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