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Saint of the Month- St. Francis Xavier, S.J.

December 2, 2014

  St. Francis Xavier, S.J.¹ Born: 7 April 1506 Died: 2 December 1552 Canonized: by Pope Gregory XV in 1622 Patron: The Missions A trip to Rome would be slightly deprived without a visit to the church of Sant’Ignazio, dedicated in honour of the canonization of the founder of the Jesuit order, St. Ignatius of… Read More ›

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St. Leo the Great – Nov. 10

Feast Day: November 10 Born: 400 in Tuscany, Western Roman Empire Died: 461 in Rome, Western Roman Empire Canonized: proclaimed a saint by the early Christians, prior to the institution of the formal canonization process Declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Gregory XIII in 1574 Patronage: not a patron saint   FIRST POPE to be… Read More ›

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St. Ignatius of Antioch

 St. Ignatius of Antioch Born: 30-50 AD in Syria Died: 98-117 AD in Rome Feast Day: October 17 Patronage: Church of the Eastern Mediterranean and Church of North Africa         Many people will likely pass by and fail to notice the inscription on the high altar in the Church of San Clemente… Read More ›

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Born: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia Died: September 5, 1997 in Calcutta, India, at the age of 87 Beatified: October 19, 2003 in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II Feast Day: September 5 Patronage: World Youth Day “If I ever become a Saint – I will… Read More ›

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St. Philomena – August 11

Born: early centuries of the Church Died: around the age of 13, sometime during the fourth century Patronage: children, youth, babies, infants, priests, lost causes, sterility, virgins   What’s in a Name? When one of our daughters was confirmed a couple of years ago, my husband and I encouraged her – as we had our… Read More ›

Pier Giorgio Frassati: a role model for young Catholics.

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Born: 6 April 1901 (Holy Saturday that year), Turin, Italy Enrolls in Engineering: 1918, Royal Polytechnic of Turin Died: 4 July 1925, after a five-day-long intense deterioration from Polio Beatified: 20 May 1990, by Pope John Paul II       It was in the context of the Toronto World Youth… Read More ›

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St. Anthony of Padua, O.F.M. – June 13th

Feast Day: June 13 Born: August 14, 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal Died: June 13, 1231 in Arcella (Padua), Italy Canonized: May 30, 1232 (Feast of Pentecost) in Spoleto, Italy by Pope Gregory IX Declared Doctor of the Church: January 16,1946 by Pope Pius XII Patronage: Especially seekers of lost articles, but also American Indians; amputees;… Read More ›

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St. Philip Neri – May 26

Feast Day: May 26 Born: July 22, 1515 in Florence, Italy Died: May 26, 1595 in Rome, Italy Beatified: 1615, Canonized: 1621 Patronage: The City of Rome, Joy, Laughter, Humour At a certain moment in my childhood it became important for me to know the saint on whose feast day I was blessed to share my… Read More ›

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“The Man of the Shroud Exhibit” – April 9th -15th at St. Peter’s!

“Simon Peter, following him, also came up, went into the tomb, saw the linen cloths lying on the ground and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also… Read More ›

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Saints Felicity and Perpetua – March 7th

Saints Felicity and Perpetua Feast Day: March 7th Born: Around 181 (Perpetua) Died: March 7, 203 at Carthage, in the Roman province of Africa Patronage: mothers, expectant mothers, ranchers, butchers, Carthage If you’ve ever read about the early martyrs, you know that the first few centuries of the Church were decidedly wild times, and to be a… Read More ›

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