The feast of The Chair of Saint Peter commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in his place as the servant-authority of the whole Church.
Saint Peter Damian, Doctor of The Church, (988-1072) must be numbered among the greatest of the Church's reformers in the Middle Ages, yes, even among the truly extraordinary persons of all times. In Damian the scholar, men admire wealth of wisdom: in Damian the preacher of God's word, apostolic zeal; in Damian the monk, austerity and self-denial; in Damian the priest, piety and zeal for souls; in Damian the cardinal, loyalty and submission to the Holy See together with generous enthusiasm and devotion for the good of Mother Church. He was a personal friend of Pope Gregory VII.
Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three children, Portuguese shepherds from Aljustrel, received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria, near Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. Up to 90,000 people gathered for Mary’s final apparition on October 13, 1917.
Saint Conrad of Piacenza (1290-1350) went to a remote spot in Sicily where he lived 36 years as a hermit, praying for himself and for the rest of the world. Prayer and penance were his answer to the temptations that beset him. St. Conrad died kneeling before a crucifix. He was canonized in 1625.
Saint Simeon, the second Bishop of Jerusalem, was the son of Cleophas, otherwise called Alpheus, who was father also of Saint James the Lesser, the first bishop of Jerusalem, of Saint Jude the Apostle, and of another son named Joseph. Alpheus, according to tradition, was Saint Joseph’s brother; thus Saint Simeon was the nephew of Saint Joseph and the cousin of our Saviour. He was crucified in 107 a.d. in his extreme old age.
These seven saints lived in the thirteenth century. They were all from Florence, Italy. Each had a great love for Mary, the Mother of God. They were active members of a confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Saint Onesimus lived in the first century. He was a slave referenced in St. Paul's letter to Philemon who robbed his master and ran away to Rome. In Rome he went to see the great apostle, St. Paul, who was a prisoner for his faith. Paul received St. Onesimus with the kindness and love of a good father. Paul helped the young man realize he had done wrong to steal. But more than that, he led St. Onesimus to believe in and accept the Christian faith.
Jesuit missionary, ascetical writer, spiritual director to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. He died in 1682.
Saints Cyril & Methodius were brothers and are considered the Apostles of the Slavs. Pope John Paul II named them Co-Patrons of Europe (along with St. Benedict). They conducted tireless missionary work and composed a slavic liturgy. St. Cyril create the Cyrillic Alphabet.
Saint Agabus the Prophet, one of the seventy disciples, and martyr. The seventy disciples were chosen by the Lord to go before Him to preach the gospel. St. Agabus was with the twelve disciples in the upper room on the day of Pentecost, and he was filled with the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.