Commemorating Witnesses of the Faith
Teresa of Ávila, teacher, renewer of the church, died 1582 - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
A mystical writer and reformer of the monastic order (Carmelites) to which she belonged, Teresa may also be commemorated with John of the Cross on December 14. Latinx Christians traditionally remember her on this date.
Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, martyr, died around 115 - Thursday, October 17, 2019
Ignatius was the second bishop of Antioch in Syria, the city where the name "Christians" originated. Ignatius is known to us from his letters, which encouraged Christians to live in love, yet stand firm in true doctrine.
James of Jerusalem, martyr, died around 62 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019
One of three early-church leaders named James, this man is identified in the New Testament and by a historian of the time as a brother of Jesus. Scholars are uncertain whether this means a blood brother. He was a leader of the church in Jerusalem.