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These lives of the saints are written in an easily understood and entertaining story form.  Each story, one page in length, also has a full-page picture.  The stories will leave a lasting impression on children.  This volume contains stories of Saints:  Aloysius Gonzaga, Anthony of Padua, Bernard of Clairvaux, Charles Borromeo, Francis of Assisi, Jude, Henry the Emperor, James the Greater, John the Beloved Apostle, Joseph the Foster Father of Jesus, Lawrence the Martyr, Martin the Bishop, Michael the Archangel, Patrick of Ireland, Paul the Apostle, Peter the Apostle, Thomas Aquinas, Vincent de Paul and William of York - the Archbishop.







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9781929198238
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5"  (12.7 cm) x 4 1/2"  (11.4 cm)
1943

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St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony of Padua Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/13


Patron Of: Amputees, Barren Women, Butchers, Cemetery Workers, Faith In The Blessed Sacrament, Grave Diggers, Lost Articles, Poor, Sailors, American Indians, Boatmen

Also known as

    * Antonio da Padova
    * Evangelical Doctor

Memorial

    * 13 June

Profile

    Anthony’s wealthy family wanted him to be a great nobleman, but for the sake of Christ he became a poor Franciscan. Priest.

    When the remains of Saint Berard and his companions, the first Franciscan martyrs, were brought to be buried in his church, Anthony was moved to leave his order, enter the Friars Minor, and go to Morocco to evangelize. Shipwrecked at Sicily, he joined some other brothers who were going to the church in Portiuncula. Lived in a cave at San Paolo leaving only to attend Mass and sweep the nearby monastery. One day when a scheduled speaker failed to appear, the brothers pressed him into speaking. He impressed them so that he was thereafter constantly travelling, evangelizing, preaching, and teaching theology through Italy and France.

    A gifted speaker, he attracted crowds everywhere he went, speaking in multiple tongues; legend says that even the fish loved to listen. Miracle worker. One of the most beloved of saints, his images and statues are found everywhere – though none of them portray him as a heavy-set man, which some reports claim he was. Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 16 January 1946.

    One source of the well-known patronage for the recovery of lost objects comes from a legend that, long after Anthony’s death, his old prayer book was kept as a treasured relic, and one day it disappeared. People prayed for help in finding the lost item, a novice found it and returned it; he later admitted that he had “borrowed” the book and returned it after receiving a vision of an angry Anthony.

Born

    * 1195 at Lisbon, Portugal

Died

    * 13 June 1231 of natural causes

Canonized

    * 30 May 1232 by Pope Gregory IX at Spoleto, Italy

Patronage

    * against barrenness
    * against shipwreck
    * against starvation
    * against starving
    * against sterility
    * American Indians
    * amputees
    * animals
    * asses
    * boatmen
    * domestic animals
    * elderly people
    * expectant mothers
    * faith in the Blessed Sacrament
    * fishermen
    * harvests
    * horses
    * lost articles
    * lower animals
    * mail
    * mariners
    * oppressed people
    * paupers
    * poor people
    * pregnant women
    * sailors
    * seekers of lost articles
    * starving people
    * swineherds
    * travel hostesses
    * travellers
    * watermen
    * —
    * Brazil
    * Portugal
    * Tigua Indians
    * Beaumont, Texas, diocese of
    * Masbate, Philippines, diocese of
    * Timmins, Ontario, diocese of
    * Amantea, Italy
    * Anzio, Italy
    * Cianciana, Agrigento, Italy
    * Dorado, Puerto Rico
    * Favara, Italy
    * Ferrazzano, Italy
    * Giano Vetusto, Italy
    * Lisbon, Portugal
    * Nicolosi, Italy
    * Padua, Italy
    * San Antonio Tlayacapan, Mexico
    * San Fulgencio, Spain
    * Sandia Indian Pueblo

Representation

    * book
    * bread
    * Infant Jesus
    * lily

 



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St. Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/20
Tridentine Calendar - 08/20


Patron Of: Beekeepers, Candle-makers, Wax-refiners, Gibraltar

Also known as

    * Mellifluous Doctor of the Church
    * Last of the Fathers of the Holy Church

Memorial

    * 20 August

Profile

    Born to the French nobility; brother of Saint Humbeline. At age 22, fearing the ways of the world, he, four of his brothers, and 25 friends joined the abbey of Citeaux; his father and another brother joined soon after. Benedictine. Founded and led the monastery of Clairvaux which soon had over 700 monks and eventually 160 daughter houses. Revised and reformed the Cistercians. Advisor to, and admonisher of, King Louis the Fat and King Louis the Young. Attended the Second Lateran Council. Fought Albigensianism. Helped end the schism of anti-Pope Anacletus II. Preached in France, Italy, and Germany. Helped organize the Second Crusade. Friend and biographer of Saint Malachy O’More. Spritual advisor to Pope Eugene III, who had originally been one of his monks. First Cistercian monk placed on the calendar of saints. Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius VIII.

    Every morning Bernard would ask himself, “Why have I come here?”, and then remind himself of his main duty – to lead a holy life.

Born

    * 1090 at Fontaines-les-Dijon, Burgundy, France

Died

    * 20 August 1153 at Clairvaux Abbey, Ville-sous-la-Ferté, Aube, France

Canonized

    * 1170 by Pope Alexander III

Patronage

    * beekeepers
    * bees
    * Burgundy, France
    * candlemakers
    * chandlers
    * Cistercian Order
    * Cistercians
    * Gibraltar
    * Queens College, Cambridge, England
    * Speyer Cathedral
    * wax-melters
    * wax refiners


Representation

    * beehive
    * bees
    * book
    * Cistercian having a vision of Mary
    * Cistercian with a beehive
    * Cistercian with a chained demon
    * Cistercian with a mitre on the ground beside him
    * Cistercian with a swarm of bees nearby
    * Cistercian with a white dog
    * Cistercian writing and watching Mary
    * instruments of the Passion
    * pen
    * white dog
    * with Saint Humbeline

 



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Bl. Henry

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/24


Heric
Memorial
24 June
Profile
Benedictine monk. Headmaster of the monastic school at Saint-Germain d'Auxerre. Noted hagiographer.
Born
at Hery
Died
c.880
Canonized



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St. John the Apostle

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 12/27


Patron Of: Booksellers

 Apostle of Charity
 Beloved Apostle
 Beloved Disciple
 Giovanni Evangelista
 John the Divine
 John the Evangelist
Memorial
 27 December (Roman Catholic)
 8 May (Greek Orthodox)
 6 May (before the Latin gate)
Profile
Son of Zebedee and Salome. Fisherman. Brother of Saint James the Great, and called one of the Sons of Thunder. Disciple of Saint John the Baptist. Friend of Saint Peter the Apostle. Called by Jesus during the first year of His ministry, and traveled everywhere with Him, becoming so close as to be known as the beloved disciple. Took part in the Last Supper. The only one of the Twelve not to forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion, standing at the foot of the cross. Made guardian of Our Lady by Jesus, he took her into his home. Upon hearing of the Resurrection, he was the first to reach the tomb; when he met the risen Lord at the lake of Tiberias, he was the first to recognize Him.

During the era of the new Church, he worked in Jerusalem and at Ephesus. During Jesus' ministry, he tried to block a Samaritan from their group, but Jesus explained the open nature of the new Way, and he worked on that principle to found churches in Asia Minor and baptizing converts in Samaria. Imprisoned with Peter for preaching after Pentecost. Wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles, and possibly the Book of Revelation. Survived all his fellow apostles.

Traditional stories:

Emperor Dometian had him brought to Rome, beaten, poisoned, and thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil, but he stepped out unharmed and was banished to Patmos instead.

When John was en route to preach in Asia, his ship was wrecked in a storm; all but John were cast ashore. John was assumed dead, but 2 weeks later the waves cast him ashore alive at the feet of his disciple Prochoros.

When John denounced idol worship as demonic, followers of Artemis stoned him; the rocks turned and hit the throwers.

He prayed in a temple of Artemis; fire from heaven killed 200 men who worshipped the idol. When the remaining group begged for mercy, he raised the 200 from the dead; they all converted and were baptized.

Drove out a demon who had lived in a pagan temple for 249 years.

Aboard ship, he purified vessels of sea water for drinking.

Ceonops, a magician, pretended to bring three dead people come to life; the "people" were actually demons who mimicked people so the magician could turn people away from Christ. Through prayer, John caused the magician to drown and the demons to vanish.

Once a year his grave gave off a fragrant dust that cured the sick.
Died
c.101 at Ephesus (modern Turkey); a church was built over his tomb, which was later converted to a mosque
Name Meaning
God is gracious; gift of God
Patronage
 against burns
 against poison
 art dealers
 Asia Minor
 authors
 bookbinders
 booksellers
 burn victims
 Cleveland, Ohio, diocese of
 compositors
 editors
 Eger, Hungary, archdiocese of
 engravers
 friendships
 lithographers
 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, diocese of
 Morra, Netherlands
 painters
 papermakers
 poisoning
 printers
 publishers
 Sundern, Germany
 tanners
 Taos, New Mexico
 theologians
 typesetters
 Umbria, Italy
 writers
 Wroclaw, Poland



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St. John The Evangelist

St. John The Evangelist Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 12/27
Tridentine Calendar - 5/6


Patron Of: Bookbinders, Theologians, Poisoning, Authors, Writers, Art Dealers, Publishers, Asia Minor, Booksellers, Compositors, Engravers, Lithographers, Paper Makers, Painters, Editors, Typesetters, Papermakers

Also known as
    Apostle of Charity; Beloved Apostle; Beloved Disciple; Giovanni Evangelista; John the Divine; John the Evangelist
 
Profile
    Son of Zebedee and Salome. Fisherman. Brother of Saint James the Great, and called one of the Sons of Thunder. Disciple of Saint John the Baptist. Friend of Saint Peter the Apostle. Called by Jesus during the first year of His ministry, and traveled everywhere with Him, becoming so close as to be known as the beloved disciple. Took part in the Last Supper. The only one of the Twelve not to forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion, standing at the foot of the cross. Made guardian of Our Lady by Jesus, he took her into his home. Upon hearing of the Resurrection, he was the first to reach the tomb; when he met the risen Lord at the lake of Tiberias, he was the first to recognize Him.

    During the era of the new Church, he worked in Jerusalem and at Ephesus. During Jesus' ministry, he tried to block a Samaritan from their group, but Jesus explained the open nature of the new Way, and he worked on that principle to found churches in Asia Minor and baptizing converts in Samaria. Imprisoned with Peter for preaching after Pentecost. Wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles, and possibly the Book of Revelation. Survived all his fellow apostles.

    Traditional stories:

        * Emperor Dometian had him brought to Rome, beaten, poisoned, and thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil, but he stepped out unharmed and was banished to Patmos instead.

        * When John was en route to preach in Asia, his ship was wrecked in a storm; all but John were cast ashore. John was assumed dead, but 2 weeks later the waves cast him ashore alive at the feet of his disciple Prochoros.

        * When John denounced idol worship as demonic, followers of Artemis stoned him; the rocks turned and hit the throwers.

        * He prayed in a temple of Artemis; fire from heaven killed 200 men who worshipped the idol. When the remaining group begged for mercy, he raised the 200 from the dead; they all converted and were baptized.

        * Drove out a demon who had lived in a pagan temple for 249 years.

        * Aboard ship, he purified vessels of sea water for drinking.

        * Ceonops, a magician, pretended to bring three dead people come to life; the "people" were actually demons who mimicked people so the magician could turn people away from Christ. Through prayer, John caused the magician to drown and the demons to vanish.

        * Once a year his grave gave off a fragrant dust that cured the sick.


Died
    c.101 at Ephesus (modern Turkey); a church was built over his tomb, which was later converted to a mosque



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St. Joseph

St. Joseph Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 03/19


Patron Of: Belgium, Carpenters, Confectioners, Doubt, Dying, Engineers, Families, Happy Death, Hesitation, Married Couples, Peru, Pioneers, Universal Church, Workers

Also known as

    * Joseph the Betrothed
    * Joseph the Worker

Memorial

    * 19 March
    * 1 May (Joseph the Worker)

Profile

    Descendant of the house of David. Layman. Builder by trade; traditionally a carpenter, but may have been a stone worker. Earthly spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Foster and adoptive father of Jesus Christ. Visionary who was visited by angels. Noted for his willingness to immediately get up and do what God told him to do.

Died

    * 1st century, prior to the Passion, of natural causes

Name Meaning

    * whom the Lord adds (Joseph)

Patronage

    * against doubt
    * against hesitation
    * bursars
    * cabinetmakers
    * Candian Armed Forces (in 1941)
    * carpenters
    * Catholic Church (1847 by Blessed Pope Pius IX)
    * civil engineers
    * confectioners
    * craftsmen
    * dying people
    * emigrants
    * expectant mothers
    * families
    * fathers
    * happy death
    * holy death
    * house hunters
    * immigrants
    * interior souls
    * laborers
    * married people
    * Oblates of Saint Joseph
    * people in doubt
    * people who fight Communism
    * pioneers
    * pregnant women
    * protection of the Church
    * social justice
    * travellers
    * unborn children
    * Universal Church (1847 by Blessed Pope Pius IX)
    * Vatican II
    * wheelwrights
    * workers
    * working people
    * Americas
    * Austria
    * Belgium
    * Bohemia
    * Canada
    * China
    * Croatian people (in 1687 by decree of the Croatian parliment)
    * Korea
    * Mexico
    * New France
    * New World
    * Peru
    * Viet Nam
    * Anchorage, Alaska, archdiocese of
    * Balanga, Philippines, diocese of
    * Bangued, Philippines, diocese of
    * Baton Rouge, Louisiana, diocese of
    * Biloxi, Mississippi, diocese of
    * Buffalo, New York, diocese of
    * Butuan, Philippines, diocese of
    * Cheyenne, Wyoming, diocese of
    * Cologne, Germany, archdiocese of
    * Daet, Philippines, diocese of
    * Edmonton, Alberta, diocese of
    * Gatineau, Québec, archdiocese of
    * Hartford, Connecticut, archdiocese of
    * Itanagar, India, diocese of
    * La Crosse, Wisconsin, diocese of
    * Libmanan, Philippines, diocese of
    * Louisville, Kentucky, archdiocese of
    * Lubango, Angola, archdiocese of
    * MacKenzie – Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, diocese of
    * Manchester, New Hampshire, diocese of
    * Mangalore, India, diocese of
    * Menevia, Wales, diocese of
    * Nashville, Tennessee, diocese of
    * Osnabrück, Germany, diocese of
    * Ottawa, Ontario, archdiocese of
    * Rarotonga, Cook Islands, diocese of
    * Romblon, Philippines, diocese of
    * Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, diocese of
    * San Jose, California, diocese of
    * San Jose, Mindoro, Philippines, apostolic vicariate of
    * San Jose, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, diocese of
    * Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, diocese of
    * Sioux Falls, South Dakota, diocese of
    * Tagbilaran, Philippines, diocese of
    * Virac, Philippines, diocese of
    * Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, diocese of
    * Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, diocese of
    * Winnipeg, Manitoba, archdiocese of
    * Birkirkara, Malta
    * Carinthia, Austria
    * Castelplanio, Ancona, Italy
    * Deschambault, Quebec, Canada
    * Florence, Italy
    * Fonte Nuova, Italy
    * Kalkara, Malta
    * La Spezia, Italy
    * Ladispoli, Italy
    * Laguna Indian Pueblo
    * Msida, Malta
    * Orvieto, Italy
    * Qala, Gozo, Malta
    * Querceta, Italy
    * Radazzo, Sicily, Italy
    * Santa Marinella, Italy
    * Sicily, Italy
    * Spadafora, Sicily, Italy
    * Styria, Austria
    * Turin, Italy
    * Tyrol, Austria

Representation

    * bible
    * branch
    * carpenter‘s square
    * carpenter‘s tools
    * chalice
    * cross
    * hand tools
    * infant Jesus
    * ladder
    * lamb
    * lily
    * monstrance
    * old man holding a lily and a carpenter‘s tool such as a square
    * old man holding the infant Jesus
    * plane
    * rod

 



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St. Jude

St. Jude Feast Day:
Eastern Calendar - 06/19
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/28
Tridentine Calendar - 10/28


Patron Of: Desperation, Hopeless Cases, Impossible Situations

Profile
    Son of Cleophas, who died a martyr, and Mary who stood at the foot of the Cross, and who anointed Christ's body after death. Brother of Saint James the Lesser. Nephew of Mary and Joseph; blood relative of Jesus Christ, and reported to look a lot like him. May have been a fisherman. Apostle.

    Writer of canonical letter. Preached in Syria, Mesopotamia, and Persia with Saint Simon. Healer. Exorcist. Could exorcise pagan idols, which caused the demons to flee and the statues to crumble.

    His patronage of lost or impossible causes traditionally derives from confusion by many early Christians between Jude and Judas; not understanding the difference between the names, they never prayed for Jude's help, and devotion to him became something of a lost cause.

Died
    beaten to death with a club, then beheaded post-mortem in 1st century Persia; relics at Saint Peter's, Rome, at Rheims, and at Toulouse, France

Name Meaning
    sweetness or gentleness of character (Thaddeus)

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St. Lawrence

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/10


Patron Of: Students, Butchers, Poor, Fire, Winemakers, Comedians, Tanners, Blindness, Ceylon, Cooks, Lumbago, Glaziers, Stained Glass Workers, Brewers, Archivists, Libraries, Laundry Workers, Librarians, Schoolchildren, Deacons

Profile
Third-century archdeacon of Rome, distributor of alms, and "keeper of the treasures of the church" in a time when Christianity was outlawed. On 6 August 258, by decree of Emperor Valerian, Pope Saint Sixtus II and six deacons were beheaded, leaving Lawrence as the ranking Church official in Rome.

While in prison awaiting execution Sixtus reassured Lawrence that he was not being left behind; they would be reunited in four days. Lawrence saw this time as an opportunity to disperse the material wealth of the church before the Roman authorities could lay their hands on it. On 10 August Lawrence was commanded to appear for his execution, and to bring along the treasure with which he had been entrusted by the pope. When he arrived, the archdeacon was accompanied by a multitude of Rome's crippled, blind, sick, and indigent. He announced that these were the true treasures of the Church. Martyr.

Lawrence's care for the poor, the ill, the neglected have led to his patronage of them. His work to save the material wealth of the Church, including its documents, brought librarians and those in related fields to see him as a patron, and to ask for his intercession. And his incredible strength and courage when being grilled to death led to his patronage of cooks and those who work in or supply things to the kitchen. The meteor shower that follows the passage of the Swift-Tuttle comet was known in the middle ages as the "burning tears of Saint Lawrence" because they appear at the same time as Lawrence's feast.
Born
at Huesca, Spain
Died
10 August 258; cooked to death on a gridiron; buried in the cemetery of Saint Cyriaca on the road to Tivoli; tomb was opened by Pelagius to inter the body of Saint Stephen the Martyr; his mummified head removed to the Quirinal Chapel; the gridiron believed to have been his deathbed is in San Lorenzo in Lucina; garments in Our Lady's Chapel in the Lateran Palace



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St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/29


Patron Of: Mariners, Sailors, Seafarers, Artists, Bakers, Bankers, Battle, EMTs, Germany, Grocers, Paratroopers, Peril At Sea, Police Officers, Radiologists, Temptation, Holy Death, Against Temptations, Ambulance Drivers, Fencing, Knights, Hatters

Memorial

    * 29 September
    * 8 May – Apparition of Saint Michael and Protector of Cornwall

Profile

    Archangel. Leader of the army of God during the Lucifer uprising. Devotion is common to Muslims, Christians and Jews, and there are writings about him in all three cultures. Considered the guardian angel of Israel, and the guardian and protector of the Church. In the Book of Daniel (12:1), Michael is described as rising up to defend the Church against the Anti-Christ.

    The feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael commemorates appearance of the archangel to a man named Gargan in 492 on Mount Gargano near Manfredonia in southern Italy. Gargan and others were pasturing cattle on the mountain; a bull wandered off and hid in a cave. An arrow was shot into the cave, but it came flying back out and wounded the archer. The cowherds went to their bishop who ordered three days of fasting and prayer to seek an explanation for the mystery. At the end of the three days Michael appeared to the bishop and requested a church built in the honour of the Holy Angels in the cave. If you find medals or holy cards with ‘relics‘ of Michael, they are probably rock chips from the cave, or pieces of cloth that have touched it.

Born

    * wasn’t

Died

    * hasn’t

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Name Meaning

    * Who is like God? (the battle cry of the army of heaven)

Patronage

    * against danger at sea
    * against temptations
    * ambulance drivers
    * artists
    * bakers
    * bankers
    * banking
    * barrel makers
    * battle
    * boatmen
    * coopers
    * dying people
    * emergency medical technicians
    * EMTs
    * fencing
    * Greek Air Force
    * greengrocers
    * grocers
    * haberdashers
    * hatmakers
    * hatters
    * holy death
    * knights
    * mariners
    * milleners
    * paramedics
    * paratroopers
    * police officers
    * radiologists
    * radiotherapists
    * sailors
    * security guards
    * sick people
    * soldiers
    * Spanish police officers
    * storms at sea
    * swordsmiths
    * watermen
    * England
    * Germany
    * Coimbatore, India, diocese of
    * Iligan, Philippines, diocese of
    * Mobile, Alabama, archdiocese of
    * Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, diocese of
    * Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, diocese of
    * San Angelo, Texas, diocese of
    * Seattle, Washington, archdiocese of
    * Sherbrooke, Canada, archdiocese of
    * Springfield, Massachusetts, diocese of
    * Toronto, Ontario, archdiocese of
    * Albenga, Italy
    * Argao, Cebu, Philippines
    * Basey, Samar, Philippines
    * Brecht, Belgium
    * Brendola, Italy
    * Brussels, Belgium
    * Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
    * Caltanissett, Sicily, Italy
    * Carpineto Sinello, Italy
    * Castel Madama, Italy
    * Cerveteri, Italy
    * Cornwall, England
    * Cuneo, Italy
    * Dormagen, Germany
    * Dunakeszi, Hungary
    * Gaby, Italy
    * Gravina, Italy
    * Greccio, Italy
    * Iklin, Malta
    * London, England
    * Marcianise, Italy
    * Naranjito, Puerto Rico
    * Papua, New Guinea
    * Puebla, Mexico
    * Salgareda, Italy
    * San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines
    * San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
    * Sant’Angelo Romano, Italy
    * Saracinesco, Italy
    * Sibenik, Croatia
    * Siegburg Abbey
    * Toronto, Ontario, city of
    * Umbria, Italy
    * Vallinfreda, Italy
    * Zeitz, Germany
    * Congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel

Representation

    * balance (helping to judge at the Last Judgment)
    * banner (as the leader of the army of God)
    * dragon (representing the defeated devil)
    * scales (helping to judge at the Last Judgment)
    * sword (as a soldier of God)

 



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St. Patrick

St. Patrick Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 03/17


Patron Of: Australia, New Zealand, Engineers, Ireland, Snake Bite, Toothache, Archdiocese of Boston, Against Snakes, Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa, Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, Ophidiophobics, Diocese of Portland, Maine, Diocese of Sacramento, California, Archdiocese of New York, Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts, Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, Fear of Snakes, Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Vermont

Also known as

    * Apostle of Ireland
    * Maewyn Succat
    * Patricius
    * Patrizio

Memorial

    * 17 March

Profile

    Kidnapped from the British mainland around age 16, and shipped to Ireland as a slave. Sent to the mountains as a shepherd, he spent his time in the field in prayer. After six years of this life, he had a dream in which he was commanded to return to Britain; seeing it as a sign, he escaped. He studied in several monasteries in Europe. Ordained a priest and then a bishop. Sent by Pope Celestine to evangelize England, then Ireland, during which his chariot driver was Saint Odran, and Saint Jarlath was one of his spiritual students. In 33 years he effectively converted the Ireland. In the Middle Ages Ireland became known as the Land of Saints, and during the Dark Ages its monasteries were the great repositories of learning in Europe, all a consequence of Patrick’s ministry.

Born

    * between 387 and 390 at Scotland as Maewyn Succat

Died

    * between 461 and 464 at Saul, County Down, Ireland of natural causes

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Name Meaning

    * warlike (Succat – pagan birth name);
    * noble (Patricius – baptismal name)

Patronage

    * against fear of snakes
    * against ophidiophobia
    * against snake bites
    * against snakes
    * engineers
    * excluded people
    * ophidiophobics
    * Ireland
    * Nigeria
    * Adelaide, Australia, archdiocese of
    * Armagh, Ireland, archdiocese of
    * Auckland, New Zealand, diocese of
    * Ballarat, Australia, diocese of
    * Boston, Massachusetts, archdiocese of
    * Burlington, Vermont, diocese of
    * Cape Town, South Africa, archdiocese of
    * Dromore, Ireland, diocese of
    * Erie, Pennsylvania, diocese of
    * Fort Worth, Texas, diocese of
    * Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, diocese of
    * Kilmore, Ireland, diocese of
    * Melbourne, Australia, archdiocese of
    * Mymensingh, Bangladesh, diocese of
    * New York, New York, archdiocese of
    * Norwich, Connecticut, diocese of
    * Ottawa, Ontario, archdiocese of
    * Peterborough, Ontario, diocese of
    * Poona, India, diocese of
    * Port Elizabeth, South Africa, diocese of
    * Portland, Maine, diocese of
    * Sacramento, California, diocese of
    * Saint John, New Brunswick, diocese of
    * Thunder Bay, Ontario, diocese of
    * Loiza, Puerto Rico


Representation

    * baptismal font
    * demons
    * harp
    * bishop driving snakes before him
    * bishop trampling on snakes
    * snakes
    * cross
    * Purgatory
    * serpent
    * shamrock

 



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St. Paul the Apostle

St. Paul the Apostle Feast Day:
Eastern Calendar - 06/29
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/29
Tridentine Calendar - 06/29


Patron Of: Rome, Travel, Authors, Journalists, Press, Writers, Publishers, Snake Bite, Hospital Public Relations, Against Snakes, Poisonous Snakes, Rope Makers

Memorial
    25 January (celebration of his conversion)
    29 June (celebration of Saints Peter and Paul co-founders of the Church of Rome)
    18 November (feast of the dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter and of St. Paul)
Profile
    Saul was a Jewish Talmudic student. Pharisee. Tent-maker by trade. Saul the Jew hated and persecuted Christians as heretical, even assisting at the stoning of Saint Stephen the First Martyr. On his way to Damascus to arrest another group of them, he was knocked off his horse and to the ground, struck blind by a heavenly light, and given the message that in persecuting Christians, he was persecuting Christ. The experience had a profound spiritual effect on him, causing his conversion to Christianity. He was baptized, changed his name to Paul to reflect his new persona, and began travelling, preaacing and writing. Author of much of the New Testament of the Sacred Scriptures and is often called the 13th Apostle. He was martyred by the sword in Rome.
Born
    c.3 as Saul at Tarsus, Cilicia (modern Turkey)
Died
    A martyr, beheaded c.65 at Rome, Italy
Patronage
    against snakes; authors; Bath Abbey; Bath, England; Catholic Action; Cursillo movement; diocese of Birmingham, Alabama; diocese of Calbayog, Philippines; diocese of Covington, Kentucky; evangelists; hailstorms; hospital public relations; journalists; Kavala, Greece; diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada; lay people; Malta; diocese of Maralal, Kenya; missionary bishops; Münster, Germany; musicians; Naumburg, Germany; newspaper editorial staff; archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; poisonous snakes; Poznan Poland; diocese of Providence, Rhode Island; public relations personnel; public relations work; publishers; reporters; Rome; rope braiders; rope makers; saddlemakers; saddlers; snake bites; tent makers; Umbria, Italy; diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts; writers
 



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St. Peter the Apostle

St. Peter the Apostle Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/29


Patron Of: Fishermen, Rome, Butchers, Stone Masons, Bakers, Long Life, Bridge Builders, Clock Makers, Fever, Foot Trouble, Frenzy, Masons, Net Makers, Ship Builders, Stationers, Wolves, Against Fenzy, Papacy, Shipwrights, Shoemakers, Watch Makers

Also known as

    * Cephas
    * First Pope
    * Keipha
    * Kepha
    * Pre-eminent Apostle
    * Prince of the Apostles
    * Shimon Bar-Yonah
    * Shimon Ben-Yonah
    * Simeon
    * Simon
    * Simon bar Jonah
    * Simon ben Jonah
    * Simon Peter

Memorial

    * 29 June (feast of Peter and Paul)
    * 22 February (feast of the Chair of Peter, emblematic of the world unity of the Church)
    * 1 August (Saint Peter in Chains)
    * 18 November (feast of the dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul)

Profile

    Professional fisherman. Brother of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the man who led him to Christ. Apostle. Renamed “Peter” (rock) by Jesus to indicate that Peter would be the rock-like foundation on which the Church would be built. Bishop. First Pope. Miracle worker.

Born

    * c.1 in Bethsaida as Simon

Died

    * martyred c.64 in Rome, Italy
    * crucified head downward because he claimed he was not worthy to die in the same manner as Christ

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Name Meaning

    * rock

Patronage

    * against feet problems
    * against fever
    * against foot problems
    * against frenzy
    * bakers
    * bridge builders
    * butchers
    * clock makers
    * cobblers
    * fishermen
    * harvesters
    * locksmiths
    * longevity
    * masons
    * net makers
    * papacy
    * popes
    * ship builders
    * shipwrights
    * shoemakers
    * stone masons
    * Universal Church
    * watch makers
    * Berlin, Germany, archdiocse of
    * Calbayog, Philippines, diocese of
    * Davao, Philippines, archdiocese of
    * Jackson, Mississippi, diocese of
    * Las Vegas, Nevada, diocese of
    * Maralal, Kenya, diocese of
    * Marquette, Michigan, diocese of
    * Peterborough, Ontario, diocese of
    * Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, archdiocese of
    * Providence, Rhode Island, diocese of
    * Scranton, Pennsylvania, diocese of
    * Trois-Rivières, Québec, diocese of
    * Affi, Italy
    * Agordo, Italy
    * Belvedere Ostrense, Italy
    * Birzebbuga, Malta
    * Bremen, Germany
    * Capolona, Italy
    * Capriata d’Orba, Italy
    * Castelletto d’Orba, Piedmont, Italy
    * Chartres, France
    * Chatillon, Aosta, Italy
    * Cluny, France
    * Cologne, Germany
    * Exeter College, Oxford, England
    * Dunajská Streda, Slovakia
    * Gabiano, Italy
    * Imér, Italy
    * Köpenick, Germany
    * Lanuvio, Italy
    * Lessines, Belgium
    * Leuven, Belgium
    * London, England
    * Mdina, Malta
    * Moissac, France
    * Montpellier, France
    * Morbegno, Italy
    * Nadur, Gozo, Malta
    * Namibe, Angola, diocese of
    * Naumburg, Germany
    * Obersmarsberg, Germany
    * Pogliano Milanese, Italy
    * Poznan, Poland
    * Regensburg, Germany
    * Rome, Italy
    * Saint Petersburg, Russia
    * Sint Pieters Rode, Belgium
    * Tagliacozzo, Italy
    * Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
    * Umbria, Italy
    * Vaglia, Italy
    * Worms, Germany
    * Bath Abbey
    * Berchtesgaden Abbey
    * Corbie Abbey

Representation

    * book
    * cock or rooster
    * reversed cross
    * keys of Heaven
    * keys
    * pallium
    * papal vestments
    * Apostle holding a book
    * Apostle holding a scroll
    * bald man, often with a fringe of hair on the sides and a tuft on top
    * man crucified head downwards
    * man holding a key or keys
    * man robed as a pope and bearing keys and a double-barred cross

 



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St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/28


Patron Of: Catholic Universities, Clear Weather, Pencil Makers, Schools, Students, Theologians, Scholars, Philosophers, Publishers, Booksellers, Apologists, Chastity, Against Storms, Against Lightning, Universities

Also known as
Angelic Doctor; Doctor Angelicus; Doctor Communis; Great Synthesizer; The Dumb Ox; The Universal Teacher

Profile
    Son of the Count of Aquino, born in the family castle in Lombardy near Naples. Educated by Benedictine monks at Monte Cassino, and at the University of Naples. He secretly joined the mendicant Dominican friars in 1244. His noble family kidnapped and imprisoned him for a year to keep him out of sight, and deprogram him, but he rejoined his order in 1245.

    He studied in Paris from 1245-1248 under Saint Albert the Great, then accompanied Albertus to Cologne. Ordained in 1250, then returned to Paris to teach. Taught theology at University of Paris. He wrote defenses of the mendicant orders, commentaries on Aristotle and Lombard's Sentences, and some bible-related works, usually by dictating to secretaries. He won his doctorate, and taught in several Italian cities. Recalled by king and university to Paris in 1269, then recalled to Naples in 1272 where he was appointed regent of studies while working on the Summa Theologica.

    On 6 December 1273 he experienced a divine revelation which so enraptured him that he abandoned the Summa, saying that it and his other writing were so much straw in the wind compared to the reality of the divine glory. He died four months later while en route to the Council of Lyons, overweight and with his health broken by overwork.

    His works have been seminal to the thinking of the Church ever since. They systematized her great thoughts and teaching, and combined Greek wisdom and scholarship methods with the truth of Christianity. Pope Leo VIII commanded that his teachings be studied by all theology students. He was proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 1567.

Born
    c.1225 at Roccasecca, Aquino, Naples, Italy

Died
    7 March 1274 at Fossanuova near Terracina of apparent natural causes; relics interred at Saint-Servin, Toulouse, France; relics translated to the Church of the Jacobins, Toulouse on 22 October 1974

Canonized
    1323



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St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/27
Tridentine Calendar - 09/27


Patron Of: Charitable Societies, Charity, Hospital Workers, Lepers, Prisoners, Spiritual Help, Hospitals, Horses, Volunteers

Profile
    Born to a peasant family. A highly intelligent youth, Vincent spent four years with the Franciscan friars at Acqs getting an education. Tutor to children of a gentlemen in Acqs. He began divinity studies in 1596 at the University of Toulouse. Ordained at age 20.

    Taken captive by Turkish pirates to Tunis, and sold into slavery. Freed in 1607 when he converted one of his owners to Christianity.

    Returning to France, he served as parish priest near Paris where he started organizations to help the poor, nursed the sick, found jobs for the unemployed, etc. Chaplain at the court of Henry IV of France. With Louise de Marillac, founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity. Instituted the Congregation of Priests of the Mission (Lazarists). Worked always for the poor, the enslaved, the abandoned, the ignored, the pariahs.

Born

    1581 near Ranquine, Gascony near Dax, southwest France; the town is now known as Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Landes, France

Died
    1660 at Paris, France; body incorrupt

Beatified
    21 August 1729 by Pope Benedict XIII

Canonized
    16 June 1737 by Pope Clement XII


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St. William of Rochester

St. William of Rochester Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 05/23
Tridentine Calendar - 05/23


Patron Of: Adopted Children

Profile
    William led a wild and misspent youth, but as an adult he had a complete conversion, devoting himself to God, caring especially for poor and neglected children. He worked as a baker, and gave every tenth loaf to the poor. He attended Mass daily, and one morning on his way to church he found an infant abandoned on the threshold. He named the baby David, and adopted him, and taught him his trade.

    Years later he and David set out on a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. During a stopover in Rochester, England the boy David turned on William, clubbed him, cut his throat, robbed the body, and fled. Because he was on a holy journey, and because of the miraculous cures later reported at his tomb, he is considered a martyr.

    A local insane woman found William's body, and plaited a garland of honeysuckle flowers for it; she placed the garland on William, and then on herself whereupon her madness was cured. Local monks, seeing this as a sign from God, interred William in the local cathedral and began work on his shrine. His tomb and a chapel at his murder scene, called Palmersdene, soon became sites of pilgimage and donation, even by the crown. Remains of the chapel can be seen near the present Saint William's Hospital.

Born
    12th century at Perth, Scotland

Died

    throat cut in 1201 at Rochester, England; interred in the cathedral at Rochester; relics destroyed along with the cathedral in 1538

Canonized
    1256 by Pope Innocent IV; his cause had been pursued by Lawrence de San Martino, bishop of Rochester


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