Friday, October 4, 2019

Encyclopedical Hagiography

I bought a book in Frostburg ...  Desert Fathers and Desert Mothers

"... follow the book to its source" (Vitae Patrum)

there's more! (Apophthegmata Patrum)

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Saint Thecla

two questions during study and research of Saint Thecla ...

What is the Byzantine Rite?

What is the Alexandrian Rite?

1.  Wikipedia: "The Byzantine Rite, also known as the Greek Rite or Constantinopolitan Rite, is the liturgical rite used by the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Greek/Byzantine Catholic churches, and in a modified form, Byzantine Rite Lutheranism."

2.  Wikipedia: "The Alexandrian Rite is the liturgical rite used by the Coptic Orthodox church of Alexandria, Eritean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, as well as by the three corresponding Eastern Catholic Churches."

Saint Thecla is a demoted saint in Roman Catholicism since the 1960s (September 23), but she still is a saint in the Byzantine Rite (September 24) and also in the Alexandrian Rite (October 3); nonetheless, the Acts of Paul and Thecla are found in the New Testament Apocrypha (this is Saint Thecla and Saint Paul, Apostle) (also, this is not the Acts of Paul)

Online articles of interest:

A Story that demonstrates a woman in active ministry:
Can an early Christian story show a woman as an apostle?

The Acts of Paul and Thecla
Translated probably by Jeremiah Jones, (1693-1724)

Saint Thecla: The Iconography

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Saint Peter (Summer 2019)


This summer, FHG is studying St. Peter ...

St. Peter


"What can we do about the kinds of surroundings we can't escape - a negative workplace, a difficult home life, freindships that nudge us away from virtue and faith?  Are there practical things we can do to hold on to our faith in these areas?  Are there situations we can actively avoid within these places?  How can we constructively change negative environments?  Are we ever called by God to remove outselves from environments that we consider essential to our education or livelihoods, even in a painfully sacrificial way?"

Gray, Tim (2014).  Lectio: Peter - Cornerstone of Catholicism.  Greenwood Village, Colorado; Augustine Institute

Participation Kit

Augustine Institute

Catholic Website

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

3 years of hagiography

Frostburg Hagiography just turned 3 years old!

Happy Valentine's Day!

... here are links to Valentine posts over the years at Frostburg Hagiography



saint Frostburg Hagiography is studying/researching: St. Peter Julian Eymard -

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Saint Anthony of Egypt (Abbot)

note:  this is about the Roman Catholic feast day on January 17; the Egyptian Coptic Catholic Church and Egyptian Orthodox Church observe the feast day on January 30

... in contact with Constantine himself (more at )

St. Anthony (Abbot) of Egypt can be related to the metaphor "eye of a needle" because of the quote from Jesus in Matthew 19 ("camel to pass through the eye of a needle" biblical verse is read on St. Anhony of Egypt's feast day in certain Christian churches)

Memorial of St. Anthony of Egypt (Catholic mass readings)

check out the Catholic mass readings over a six year period, if the memorial mass readings of St. Anthony of Egypt are not read ...
2016:  Sunday

be sure to also check out this online copy of "The Sayings of the Desert Fathers" (St. Anthony of Egypt is listed) -

Another Anthony ... his feast day is June 13

Saint Anthony of Padua
Francisco de Zurbarán - Sto Antonio de Padua.jpg
Anthony of Padua with the Infant Jesus by Francisco de Zurbar├ín, 1627–1630

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Discovering Hagiography in Indonesia

Is there hagiography in Indonesia?

map of Indonesia

a patron saint of Indonesia

ecumenicial situation in Indonesia

churches in Indonesia