Dr. Matthew Bunson joins us for another in a series of shows on Priest Saints. On this episode, Matthew highlights St. John of Avila, now a Doctor of the Church, and more. St. John grew up in Spain, studied law, but eventually discerned the priesthood. On a chance meeting with a Franciscan priest he was encouraged to enter the seminary. Instead of celebrating a native custom of celebrating a feast he is known to have offered a meal to 12 homeless people.

Dr. Bunson is a Senior Correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor. He is a Senior Fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Dr. Bunson is on the faculty of the Catholic Distance University where he teaches Church History, including Catholic-Islamic relations and Medieval and American Catholic History. Matthew is the author or co-author of many books, including “The Pope Encyclopedia”, The Encyclopedia of Catholic History”, “The Encyclopedia of Saints”, “John Paul II’s Book of Saints”, and “The Life and World of St. Thomas Aquinas.”

"When we walk without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord." -Pope Francis