16 September 2018

I’ve recently had a difficult decision to make concerning whether or not I would keep this website open with the new requirements for compliance brought about by the European Union and other new restrictions. While major corporations are hiring staff to bring their sites into compliance, this website cannot afford such an expense. Nevertheless, I have decided to make the commitment necessary to meet the new requirements, if possible, and to continue to grow this Catholic website.

It’s been a long road in a relatively short amount of time.

I think back a little over a decade and remember seeking advice from someone who used to work for a large Catholic publisher. I had an idea for a children’s book, and didn’t know how to proceed. I was advised that it is indeed difficult to get published, but to write the book anyway, for if it was God’s will, the book would somehow be published. It was  good advice, but getting a book published and having it read by a large audience are two very different things. I will never forget the support and encouragement I received at this time from two people: Fr. Nicholas Gruner, known as  the Fatima Priest, and John Vennari, publisher of Catholic Family News. John told me he had picked  up my book after his daughter had been attracted to the illustrations. John then wrote the very first review for my first book, “Learning to Love God,” publishing it in his paper. Fr. Gruner purchased the book for sale in his bookstore.

My next book followed at the request of a good priest, and because of my desire to correct the record about the Spanish knight and hero Rodrigo Diaz, El Cid. That book became “El Cid, God’s Own Champion,” which received quite a reception. It is now used in many Catholic schools, where the life of the hero stands as an example for our children to emulate. I was four chapters into my next book about St. Fernando III, king of Castile, when I received a phone call from a Catholic publisher asking if I would consider writing a book about the saint. Once again, it was amazing to see the hand of God at work. I answered that I had already begun a book about St. Fernando, read the publisher a paragraph I had just written, and the book was sold, becoming “St. Fernando III, A  Kingdom for Christ.” No sooner was that book finished than I received a phone call from an abbot I had never met asking  for what became my next book, “Defenders of Christendom.”

Part of the reason I have decided to keep the website open is because of the support of these good men, because they believed in me and because they believed that what I was doing was important. Thankfully, I have also heard from people all over the world during these years about how much my books have impacted them and inspired them and their children to be good, strong Catholics. Both John and Fr. Gruner have already gone on to their eternal reward, and as  I remain  humbled by  their assistance, I also realize that I must  continue so that their support for me is not made vain. They fought the good fight and have run their race. In my own small way, I intend to do the same.

Joseph John Vennari, R.I.P.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fr. Nicholas Gruner, R.I.P.


15 September 2018

Thank you for your prayers

Thank you for your prayers on behalf of the young priest who had part of his leg amputated. The surgery went well, but Father has a long recovery ahead of him. Please continue to remember him in your prayers.

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Sep 09, 2018

Myths about the Crusades

Myths about the Crusades

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Sep 02, 2018

Knights & Crusades

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Jul 22, 2018

Our Lady of the Fields Patroness of Glenmary Home Missioners

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The Blessed Virgin Mary as the Woman of the Apocalypse

12:1 A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was

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Jun 17, 2018

The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity In Bantay, ILocos Sur

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Jun 17, 2018

Pilgrimage to La Vang - A Dying Man's Last Journey

About 10 years ago, while walking through the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I came across an unusual statue of The Blessed Mother with

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Our Lady of Montevergine

In 1945-1946, I served as a very young soldier in the USA Army. I was stationed for most of that time in the MTOUSA headquarters in Caserta, Italy, north

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May 25, 2018

Our Lady led me to Altoetting !

The Holy Spirit works in very mysterious ways. I graduated from university with a Masters degree in engineering. Got my first job. Bought my first house,

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May 19, 2018

'Our Lady, Protectress of Sailors.'

Did Nossa Senhora da Nazaré save me and my crew, Anna and Ger, from drowning in the Bay of Biscay? One cannot know these things, but it feels to me that

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May 19, 2018

Our Lady of Pompeii - Thanks to Our Lady's Intercession

My daughter who was having a baby had a condition that she got after having a emergency caesarean. She had already lost one baby when a friend found out

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May 19, 2018

Do not miss this Church when you go to Brescia!

There are so many churches in Brescia but we enjoyed this one so much. There was an old man and he was happy to explain everything. We spend almost an

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Jul 16, 2017

Saint Joseph

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Dec 27, 2016

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Prayer To Saint Michael The Archangel Composed by Pope Leo XIII

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May 27, 2016

Saint Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael, Archangel. This great prince is the general patron and protector of the holy Catholic Church.

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May 14, 2016

Saint Anne

St. Anne, the holy mother of Mary, the Mother of God, and spouse of St. Joachim.

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May 08, 2016

St. Joachim, father of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Joachim, father of the Blessed Virgin Mary and spouse of holy St. Anne

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Defenders of Christendom

Defenders of Christendom is filled with amazing stories of little-known Catholic heroes presenting spectacles of bravery and valor never exceeded in all the annals of history.

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Sep 08, 2013

Saint Genesius

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Aug 25, 2013

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Aug 18, 2013

Saint Quirinus

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Jun 30, 2013

Saint Theodorus

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Jun 23, 2013

Saint Cyril

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Jun 11, 2013

Saint Alban

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Jun 03, 2013

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May 26, 2013

Saint Gordius

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May 19, 2013

Saint Pollio

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May 14, 2013

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May 05, 2013

Saint Febronia

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Apr 21, 2013

Saint Crispina

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Apr 14, 2013

Saint Euplius

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