St Ignatius of Loyola

Recently I prepared a website promoting a book on Ignatian Spirituality in the Australian context. I found it enlightening, encouraging, and a big surprise. At the start I knew very little of Ignatius. I knew he was Catholic, and somehow had a lot to do with the Jesuits, and in his day had been the Pope’s ‘Mr…

St Botolph

His name is known in it’s Normanized form Botolph and in it’s more Saxon and and more original form Botwulf. In 654 Ethelhere, King of the Southern Angles gave Botolph a grant of land at Ilkenhoe, where he founded a Monastery after the Benedictine Rule. There was some suggestion that the land granted be already…

St Jude

Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is generally identified with Thaddeus, and is also variously called Jude of James, Jude Thaddaeus, Judas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. He is sometimes identified with Jude, ‘brother of Jesus’, and clearly distinguished from Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus. The Armenian Apostolic Church honors Thaddeus along…

Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist and Martyr

Matthew is an interesting person we don’t know all that much about. He was a tax collector. Interestingly tax collectors where probably less popular in the year dot than they are today. For the inhabitants of Judea tax was collected by the foreign power, the mighty Roman Empire. For Matthew he had a job, however…