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Saint of the Day for Saturday, December 20th, 2014: St. Dominic of Silos


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St. Dominic of Silos

Benedictine abbot and defender of the faith. Born in Canas, Navarre, Spain, circa 1000, he entered the Benedictines at San Millan de Ia Cogolla. King Garcia III of Navarre challenged him when he … continue reading

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Saint of the Day for Tuesday, December 16th, 2014: St. Ado of Vienne


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St. Ado of Vienne

An archbishop and scholar, Ado was born in Sens and educated at the Benedictine abbey of Ferrieres. Abbot Lupus Servatus, an outstanding humanist of the time, trained Ado, and was impressed with the … continue reading

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people and places: The Moana Hotel


The Moana Hotel

The Moana Hotel, also known as the “First Lady of Waikiki,” is a famous historic hotel on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Built at the urging of a wealthy Honolulu landowner, the Moana was the first hotel in Waikiki and its opening in 1901 marked the beginning of tourism there. Over the years, it has hosted numerous luminaries on its beachfront grounds. Today, the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. What unsolved murder mystery is associated with the Moana? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Columbus Makes Landfall in the Caribbean (1492)


Columbus Makes Landfall in the Caribbean (1492)

Believing that Asia could be reached by traveling westward, Columbus’s three-ship expedition set sail from Palos, Spain, in 1492. After a stop at the Canary Islands, Columbus sailed due west, turning in a more southerly direction after about a month at sea. Shortly thereafter, Columbus quelled a small mutiny, and, on October 12, landed at an island in the Bahamas. Columbus also explored nearby Cuba and Hispaniola before returning to Spain. How many ships set sail with his second expedition? More… Discuss

TODAY’S HOLIDAY: St. Brendan’s Day


St. Brendan’s Day

St. Brendan, who lived in the 6th century and is one of the most popular Irish saints, is alleged to be the author of Navigatio Brendani (the story of a journey to a land across the ocean). No one, including St. Brendan, knew where he had been when he returned, but a number of legends developed over the centuries. In 1977, an Irishman named Tim Severin built a boat out of leather as described in Navigatio and set out to follow St. Brendan’s instructions. He ended up in Newfoundland, giving credence to the theory that St. Brendan reached America 1,000 years before Columbus. More… Discuss

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This Day in the Yesteryear: CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS FIRST SIGHTS THE CARIBBEAN ISLAND OF DOMINICA (1493)


Christopher Columbus First Sights the Caribbean Island of Dominica (1493)

On the first Sunday in November 1493, Christopher Columbus spotted a mountainous island between Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Sea. Ignoring the fact that its Carib inhabitants already had a name for the island, Columbus renamed it Dominica, the Latin name for the day of the week on which he spotted it. The Caribs managed to resist Spanish efforts to colonize the island but were unable to fend off the British and French. When did Dominica finally gain its independence? More…Discuss