Obscure Saint of the Month July 2019 - Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and companions - feast day July 9.


From CatholicTV's orginal series Encounter, the obscure saint of the month for June: Saint Albert Chmielowski.


Kevin Nelson hosts Encounter's 5th anniversary show. 

  • Highlights from the past 5 years of guests, saints, surveys and questions 
  • Guest: author Father Damian Ference talking about his latest book and Tolle Lege Summer institute
  • Saint of the Month: Isidore the Farmer
  • Survey Says
  • Question of the Month

Pope Pius V was elected to lead the body of Christ and zealously worked to implement the renewal of the Church mandated by the Council of Trent. As a Dominican friar devoted to a life of prayer, fasting and poverty, he called the princes of the church back to a simpler and holier way of life — a message that was not well received by bishops and priests who had become accustomed to the wealth, power and freedom they enjoyed while collaborating and reveling with the royalty of the day.

Pius was tireless in pursuing the broad reforms called for by the Church fathers. To address the lack of knowledge of faith among Christians, he created a new catechism and established the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) for forming the young in the faith. He founded new seminaries for providing proper training for priests. To elevate the prayer life of the Church, he released a new missal and a new breviary. The 1570 edition of the Roman Missal he promulgated was used for 400 years until St. Paul VI revised it after Vatican II.


Saint Colette of Corbie was Franciscan tertiary and was well known for her holiness and spiritual wisdom. Her reform took place during the Western Schism when the Church was utterly divided. She responded to the need for a return to the heart of the Gospel, and her reform has had lasting effects on the Church.


The CatholicTV Together We Rebuild Saint Peter Damian emerged as a voice of truth and reform at a time when the Church was struggling with corruption and immorality. Called “the soul of the Gregorian reform” by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, his prolific writing and zealous call to popes, bishops and prelates to lead lives of purity, poverty and prayer were significant elements of Church reform in the 11th century.


Saint Francis de Sales, baptized Francis Bonaventura, was a bishop of Geneva and is a Doctor of the Church. He is honored as one of most successful evangelizers in response to the Protestant Reformation, attributed to his sincere love for God and his gentle approach to counseling people and healing religious differences. Learn more about him in this segment of Encounter with Kevin Nelson.


Saint John of the Cross, born Juan de Yepes Álvarez, (June 24, 1542–Dec. 14, 1591) holds the title of doctor of the Church. He was a Carmelite friar and priest, a mystic and a major figure of the Counter-Reformation. His writings and poetry, including Ascent to Mount CarmelDark Night of the Soul and A Spiritual Canticle, are considered to be the summit of mystical Spanish literature.



Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Santa Claus, whatever you call him, here's his story.

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CatholicTV's November 2018 Reformer Saint of the month: Saint Charles Borromeo.

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Kevin Nelson hosts the CatholicTV original series produced monthly in the spirit of Pope Francis’ call to go out and encounter others in the light of the Gospel.

  • Interview with Peter Novecosky, author of 100 Ways John Paul II Changed the World
  • Interview with Elizabeth Santorum Marcolini, Associate Director of Advancement, Laboure
  • Obscure Saint of the Month: John Duns Scotus (feast day Nov. 8)
  • Question of the Month
  • Survey Says