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December 06, 2023

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Saint of the Week

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Vibiana, Virgin and Martyr

We know almost nothing about Saint Vibiana. What we do know is that in 1851, Pope Pius IX bought a vineyard located just outside of Rome. When ancient catacombs were discovered underneath the land, the pope directed the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology to explore the vast underground network. About two years later, an intact tomb was uncovered which was sealed by a marble tablet. When the tomb was opened, the skeleton of a young woman was discovered. The markings on the tomb led officials to believe she had been a martyr. When the diocese of Monterey was established, the relics of Saint Vibiana were sent there with instructions to build a cathedral in her honor. To this day, she is honored for her faith.

This saint is remarkable in that we know so little about her life and death. But what is striking is that, through her intercession with God, she has interceded on behalf of many people in our times, and helped those who need her assistance.