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Saints Tell Their Stories

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Who can tell the stories of the saints better than the saints themselves?

In this beautifully illustrated book, twenty-six saints tell the story of their lives to kids in a simple and personal way. From the Blessed Virgin Mary to Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, each saint comes to life in this book. And each one has something important to tell kids about God and the way he works in our lives.

Saints were real people who loved God above all else, and this book will help kids understand why we honor them and why they are the perfect companions for our own faith journey. Among the other saints included in this delightful book are St. Joseph, St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Nicholas, St. Patrick, St. Francis of Assisi, St. John Bosco, St. Bernadette, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and St. Maximillian Kolbe.





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9781593251611
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9 1/4"  (23.4 cm) x 8 1/4"  (20.9 cm)
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2009

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St. Bernadette of Lourdes

St. Bernadette of Lourdes Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/16


Patron Of: Sick Poor

Also known as

    * Bernada
    * Bernardetta
    * Bernardette Soubirous
    * Bernardette
    * Maria Bernadette
    * Marie Bernarde
    * Sleeping Saint of Nevers
 

Memorial
 16 April
 18 February in France

Profile
Oldest of six children in a very poor family headed by Francois and Louise Casterot. Hired out as a servant from age 12 to 14. Shepherdess. On 11 February 1858, around the time of her first Communion, she received a vision of the Virgin; her own account of it is in the Readings section below. She received seventeen more in the next five months, and was led to a spring of healing waters. She moved into a house with the sisters of Nevers at Lourdes where she lived, worked, and learned to read and write. The sisters cared for the sick and indigent, and at age 22 they admitted Bernadette into their order since she was both. Always sick herself, and often mistreated by her superiors, she died with a prayer for Mary's aid. Since the appearances of Mary to young Bernadette in 1858, more than 200 million people have visited the shrine of Lourdes.

Born
7 January 1844 at Lourdes, France

Died
16 April 1879, Nevers, France of natural causes; body incorrupt

Beatified
1925

Canonized
1933 by Pope Pius XI

Name Meaning
brave as a bear

Patronage
 against bodily ills
 illness
 Lourdes, France
 people ridiculed for their piety
 poverty
 shepherdesses
 shepherds
 sick people
 sickness



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/04
Tridentine Calendar - 10/04


Patron Of: Animal Welfare Society, Animals, Birds, Catholic Action, Fire, Merchants, Needle Workers, Solitary Death, Zoos

Profile
Son of Pietro Bernadone, a rich cloth merchant. Though he had a good education and became part of his father's business, he also had a somewhat misspent youth. Street brawler and some-time soldier. Captured during a conflict between Assisi and Perugia, he spent over a year as a prisoner of war. During this time he had a conversion experience, including a reported message from Christ calling him to leave this worldly life. Upon release, Francis began taking his religion seriously.

He took the Gospels as the rule of his life, Jesus Christ as his literal example. He dressed in rough clothes, begged for his sustenance, and preached purity and peace. His family disapproved, and his father disinherited him; Francis formally renounced his wealth and inheritance. He visited hospitals, served the sick, preached in the streets, and took all men and women as siblings. He began to attract followers in 1209, and with papal blessing, founded the Franciscans based on a simple statement by Jesus: "Leave all and follow me." In 1212 Clare of Assisi became his spiritual student, which led to the founding of the Poor Clares. Visited and preached to the Saracens. Composed songs and hymns to God and nature. Lived with animals, worked with his hands, cared for lepers, cleaned churches, and sent food to thieves. In 1221 he resigned direction of the Franciscans.

While in meditation on Mount Alvernia in the Apennines in September 1224, Francis received the stigmata, which periodically bled during the remaining two years of his life. This miracle has a separate memorial on 17 September.

In the Middle Ages people who believed to be possessed by Beelzebub especially called upon the intercession of Saint Francis, the theory being that he was the demon's opposite number in heaven.

Born
1181 at Assisi, Umbria, Italy as Francis Bernardone

Died
4 October 1226 at Portiuncula, Italy of natural causes; relics in Assisi, Italy



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St. John Bosco

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 1/31


Patron Of: Students, Laborers, Boys, Schoolchildren, Editors, Apprentices, Young People

Also known as
    Don Bosco
    Giovanni Bosco
    Giovanni Melchior Bosco
    John Melchoir Bosco

Memorial
    31 January

Profile
    Son of Venerable Margaret Bosco. John's father died when the boy was 2 years old, and as soon as he was old enough to do odd jobs, he did so for extra money for his family. Bosco would go to circuses, fairs and carnivals, practice the tricks he saw magicians perform, and then present one-boy shows. After his performance, while he still had an audience of boys, he would repeat the homily he had heard earlier in church.

    Worked as a tailor, baker, shoemaker, and carpenter while attending college and the seminary. Ordained in 1841. Teacher. Worked with youth, finding places where they could meet, play and pray, teaching catechism to orphans and apprentices. Chaplain in a hospice for girls. Wrote short treatises aimed at explaining the faith to children, and then taught children how to print them. Friend of Saint Joseph Cafasso, whose biography he wrote, and confessor to Blessed Joseph Allamano. Founded the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in 1859, priests who work with and educate boys, under the protection of Our Lady, Help of Chistians, and Saint Francis de Sales. Founded the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians in 1872, and Union of Cooperator Salesians in 1875.

Born
    16 August 1815 at Becchi, Castelnuovo d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy

Died
    31 January 1888 at Turin, Italy

Venerated
    24 July 1907 by Pope Pius X

Beatified
    2 June 1929 by Pope Pius XI

Canonized
    1 April 1934 by Pope Pius XI

Name Meaning
    God is gracious; gift of God

Patronage
    apprentices
    boys
    editors
    Mexican young people
    laborers
    schoolchildren
    students
    young people



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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

 



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/14
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/14


Patron Of: Imprisoned, Prisoners, Journalists, Families, Difficult Century, Families of Addicts

Profile
Second of three sons born to a poor but pious Catholic family in Russian occupied Poland. His parents, both Franciscan lay tertiaries, worked at home as weavers. His father, Julius, later ran a religious book store, then enlisted in Pilsudski's army, fought for Polish independence from Russia, and was hanged by the Russians as a traitor in 1914. His mother, Marianne Dabrowska, later became a Benedictine nun. His brother Alphonse became a priest.

Raymond was known as a mischievous child, sometimes considered wild, and a trial to his parents. However, in 1906 at Pabianice, at age twelve and around the time of his first Communion, he received a vision of the Virgin Mary that changed his life.
I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both. -Saint Maximilian
He entered the Franciscan junior seminary in Lwow, Poland in 1907 where he excelled in mathematics and physics. For a while he wanted to abandon the priesthood for the military, but eventually relented to the call to religious life, and on 4 September 1910 he became a novice in the Conventual Franciscan Order at age 16. He took the name Maximilian, made his first vows on 5 September 1911, his final vows on 1 November 1914.

Studied philosophy at the Jesuit Gregorian College in Rome from 1912 to 1915, and theology at the Franciscan Collegio Serafico in Rome from 1915 to 1919. On 16 October 1917, while still in seminary, he and six friends founded the Immaculata Movement (Militia Immaculatae, Crusade of Mary Immaculate) devoted to the conversion of sinners, opposition to freemasonry (which was extremely anti-Catholic at the time), spread of the Miraculous Medal (which they wore as their habit), and devotion to Our Lady and the path to Christ. Stricken with tuberculosis which nearly killed him, and left him in frail in health the rest of his life. Ordained on 28 April 1918 in Rome at age 24. Received his Doctor of Theology on 22 July 1922; his insights into Marian theology echo today through their influence on Vatican II.

Maximilian returned to Poland on 29 July 1919 to teach history in the Crakow seminary. He had to take a medical leave from 10 August 1920 to 28 April 1921 to be treated for tuberculosis at the hospital at Zakpane in the Tatra Mountains. In January 1922 he began publication of the magazine Knight of the Immaculate to fight religious apathy; by 1927 the magazine had a press run of 70,000 issues. He was forced to take another medical leave from 18 September 1926 to 13 April 1927, but the work continued. The friaries from which he had worked were not large enough for his work, and in 1927 Polish Prince Jan Drucko-Lubecki gave him land at Teresin near Warsaw. There he founded a new monastery of Niepokalanow, the City of the Immaculate which was consecrated on 8 December 1927. At its peak the Knight of the Immaculate had a press run of 750,000 copies a month. A junior seminary was started on the grounds in 1929. In 1935 the house began printing a daily Catholic newspaper, The Little Daily with a press run of 137,000 on work days, 225,000 on Sundays and holy days.

Not content with his work in Poland, Maximilian and four brothers left for Japan in 1930. Within a month of their arrival, penniless and knowing no Japanese, Maximilian was printing a Japanese version of the Knight; the magazine, Seibo no Kishi grew to a circulation of 65,000 by 1936. In 1931 he founded a monastery in Nagasaki, Japan comparable to Niepokalanow. It survived the war, including the nuclear bombing, and serves today as a center of Franciscan work in Japan.

In mid-1932 he left Japan for Malabar, India where he founded a third Niepokalanow house. However, due to a lack of manpower, it did not survive.

Poor health forced him to curtail his missionary work and return to Poland in 1936. On 8 December 1938 the monastery started its own radio station. By 1939 the monastery housed a religious community of nearly 800 men, the largest in the world in its day, and was completely self-sufficient including medical facilities and a fire brigade staffed by the religious brothers.

Arrested with several of his brothers on 19 September 1939 following the Nazi invasion of Poland. Others at the monastery were briefly exiled, but the prisoners were released on 8 December 1939, and the men returned to their work. Back at Niepokalanow he continued his priestly ministry, The brothers housed 3,000 Polish refugees, two-thirds of whom were Jewish, and continued their publication work, including materials considered anti-Nazi. For this work the presses were shut down, the congregation suppressed, the brothers dispersed, and Maximilian was imprisoned in Pawiak prison, Warsaw, Poland on 17 February 1941.

On 28 May 1941 he was transferred to Auschwitz and branded as prisoner 16670. He was assigned to a special work group staffed by priests and supervised by especially vicious and abusive guards. His calm dedication to the faith brought him the worst jobs available, and more beatings than anyone else. At one point he was beaten, lashed, and left for dead. The prisoners managed to smuggle him into the camp hospital where he spent his recovery time hearing confessions. When he returned to the camp, Maximilian ministered to other prisoners, including conducting Mass and delivering communion using smuggled bread and wine.

In July 1941 there was an escape from the camp. Camp protocol, designed to make the prisoners guard each other, required that ten men be slaughtered in retribution for each escaped prisoner. Francis Gajowniczek, a married man with young children was chosen to die for the escape. Maximilian volunteered to take his place, and died as he had always wished - in service.
Born
7 January 1894 at Zdunska Wola, Poland as Raymond Kolbe
Died
14 August 1941 by lethal carbonic acid injection after three weeks of starvation and dehydration at the Auschwitz, Poland death camp; body burned in the ovens and ashes scattered



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Nicholas of Myra

St. Nicholas of Myra Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 12/06


Patron Of: Fishermen, Travelers, Russia, Apothecaries, Students, Prisoners, Poor, Mariners, Scholars, Druggists, Brides, Bakers, Merchants, Judges, Children, Brewers, Coopers, Greece, Pawn Brokers, Sicily, Switzerland, Maidens, Boys, School Children, Unmarried Women, Boatmen, Against Imprisonment, Against Robberies, Captives, Murderers

Also known as

    * Klaus
    * Mikulas
    * Nicholas of Bari
    * Nicolaas
    * Nicolas
    * Niklas
    * Santa Claus

Memorial

    * 6 December

Profile

    Priest. Abbot. Bishop of Myra, Lycia (modern Turkey). Generous to the poor, and special protector of the innocent and wronged. Many stories grew up around him prior to his becoming associated with Santa Claus. Some examples

        * Upon hearing that a local man had fallen on such hard times that he was planning to sell his daughters into prostitution, Nicholas went by night to the house and threw three bags of gold in through the window, saving the girls from an evil life. These three bags, gold generously given in time of trouble, became the three golden balls that indicate a pawn broker’s shop.
        * He raised to life three young boys who had been murdered and pickled in a barrel of brine to hide the crime. These stories led to his patronage of children in general, and of barrel-makers besides.
        * Induced some thieves to return their plunder. This explains his protection against theft and robbery, and his patronage of them – he’s not helping them steal, but to repent and change. In the past, thieves have been known as Saint Nicholas’ clerks or Knights of Saint Nicholas.
        * During a voyage to the Holy Lands, a fierce storm blew up, threatening the ship. He prayed about it, and the storm calmed – hence the patronage of sailors and those like dockworkers who work on the sea.

Died

    * c.346 at Myra, Lycia (in modern Turkey) of natural causes
    * relics believed to be at Bari, Italy

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Patronage

    * against imprisonment
    * against robberies
    * against robbers
    * apothecaries
    * archers
    * bakers
    * barrel makers
    * boatmen
    * boot blacks
    * boys
    * brewers
    * brides
    * captives
    * children
    * coopers
    * dock workers
    * druggists
    * fishermen
    * Greek Catholic Church in America
    * Greek Catholic Union
    * grooms
    * judges
    * lawsuits lost unjustly
    * longshoremen
    * maidens
    * mariners
    * merchants
    * penitent murderers
    * newlyweds
    * old maids
    * parish clerks
    * paupers
    * pawnbrokers
    * perfumeries
    * perfumers
    * pharmacists
    * pilgrims
    * poor people
    * prisoners
    * sailors
    * scholars
    * schoolchildren
    * shoe shiners
    * spinsters
    * students
    * penitent thieves
    * travellers
    * University of Paris
    * unmarried girls
    * Varangian Guard
    * watermen
    * Greece
    * Russia
    * Amsterdam, Netherlands
    * Apulia, Italy
    * Avolasca, Italy
    * Bardolino, Italy
    * Bari, Italy
    * Barranquilla, Colombia
    * Beit Jala, Palestinian Territory
    * Cammarata, Sicily, Italy
    * Capistrano, Italy
    * Cardinale, Italy
    * Cas Concos, Spain
    * Creazzo, Italy
    * Cuxhaven, Netherlands
    * Duronia, Italy
    * Fossalto, Italy
    * Gagliato, Italy
    * Genazzano, Italy
    * Husinec, Czech Republic
    * Is-Siggiewi, Malta
    * La Thuile, Italy
    * Lecco, Italy
    * Limerick, Ireland
    * Liptovský Mikulás, Slovakia
    * Liverpool, England
    * Lorraine, France
    * Mardyck, France
    * Mazzano Romano, Italy
    * Mentana, Italy
    * Meran, Italy
    * Miklavž na Dravskem polju, Slovenia
    * Naples, Italy
    * Portsmouth, England
    * Sassari, Italy
    * Sicily, Italy
    * Tauberbischofsheim-Impfingen, Germany
    * Waal, Germany
    * Zepfenhan, Germany

Representation

    * anchor
    * bishop calming a storm
    * bishop holding three bags of gold
    * bishop holding three balls
    * bishop with three children
    * bishop with three children in a tub at his feet
    * purse
    * ship
    * three bags of gold
    * three balls
    * three golden balls on a book

 



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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

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/02


Memorial
    2 June

Profile
    Exorcist in Rome. Noted for his piety. Martyred with Saint Marcellinus in the persecutions of Diocletian. His name is mentioned in the first Eucharistic prayer.

Born
    Roman citizen

Died
    martyred in 304 in the Silva Nigra just outside Rome, Italy
    buried in the Saint Peter and Peter cemetery on the Lavican Road by Lucilla and Firmina
    Constantine built a basilica over their tomb
    relics later taken to Selgenstadt abbey by Einhard, Charlemagne's secretary

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation



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St. Teresa of Calcutta

St. Teresa of Calcutta Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/05


Profile
    Daughter of an Albanian businessman who died when Agnes was nine years old. Nun, missionary and teacher in Calcutta, India in 1928. In 1948 she left the convent to work alone with the poor, and became an Indian citizen. She founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. In 1957 the Missionaries of Charity started their work with lepers and in disaster areas. She received the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1972, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and the Missionaries today work in 30 countries.

Born
    26 August 1910 in Skopje, Albania (modern Macedonia)

Died
    5 September 1997 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India of natural causes

Venerated
    20 December 2002 by Pope John Paul II

Beatified
    19 October 2003 by Pope John Paul II

Canonized
    5 September 2016 by Pope Francis
 

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Therese Of Lisieux

St. Therese Of Lisieux Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/01
Tridentine Calendar - 10/03


Patron Of: Aviators, Tuberculosis, Florists, Missionaries, Missions, Domestic, France, Loss of Parents, African Missions, AIDS Sufferers, Air Crews, Aircraft Pilots, Flower Growers, Illness

Also known as
Teresa of the Infant Jesus; Therese of the Child Jesus; the Little Flower; the Little Flower of Jesus

Profile
    Born to a middle-class French family. Her father, Louis, was a watchmaker, her mother, who died of cancer when Therese was 4, was a lace maker, and both have been declared Venerable by the Church. Cured from an illness at age eight when a statue of the Blessed Virgin smiled at her. Carmelite nun at age 15. Defined her path to God and holiness as "The Little Way," which consisted of love and trust in God. At the direction of her spiritual director, and against her wishes, she dictated her famed autobiography Story of a Soul. Many miracles attributed to her. Declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

    "For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy." - Saint Therese of Lisieux

Born
    2 January 1873 at Alcon, Normandy, France

Died
    7pm Thursday 30 September 1897 at Lisieux, France of tuberculosis

Venerated
    14 August 1921 by Pope Benedict XV

Beatified
    29 April 1923 by Pope Pius XI

Canonized
    17 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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