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Saint Matthias

May 7, 2015

Born: 1st Century AD – Judea, Roman Empire Died: 80 AD – Judea, Jerusalem or in Colchis Canonized: Pre-Congregation Feast Day: May 14 Patronage: alcoholism; carpenters; Gary, Indiana; Great Falls-Billings, Montana; smallpox; tailors; hope; perseverance **********   A Thought to Contemplate It’s been said to those who believe themselves to be all that important and irreplaceable: “Get yourself a… Read More ›

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Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Born: October 4, 1922 in Magenta, Italy Died: April 28, 1962 in Monza, Italy Beatification: April 24, 1994 by Pope St. John Paul II – during the Year of the Family Canonized: May 16, 2004 by Pope St. John Paul II. St. Gianna is the first married laywoman to be declared a saint. She is… Read More ›

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St. Casimir

St. Casimir Born: October 3, 1458 in Krakow, Poland Died: March 4, 1484 in Grodno, Belarus Canonized: 1522 Patron: Poland and Lithuania   If there was one country in the past century that nurtured saints that captivated the minds of Catholics and non-Catholics alike, it was Poland. Whether it was St. Maximilian Kolbe’s zealous ministry… Read More ›

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St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother

Born: Francis Possenti on March 1, 1838 in Assisi, Papal States (now Italy) Died: Feb. 27, 1862 – at the age of 23, of tuberculosis Feast Day: February 27 Patronage: Students, Youth, Clerics, Seminarians, the region of Abruzzo (in central Italy) ******** The feast day of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother falls during the season… Read More ›

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Saint André Bessette

Born: Alfred Bessette on August 9, 1845 Died: January 6, 1937 Canonized: October 17, 2010 What if someone told you that you could get to heaven by holding the door open for people? Sounds unlikely, but it’s true! André Bessette was a simple man, poor, uneducated, and sickly – relegated to being a doorkeeper and… Read More ›

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

  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 ›

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