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“Saint of the Month- St. Januarius”

September 1, 2016

Born: c. 272 Ordained Bishop: c. 292 Died: c. 305 Patronage: blood banks, volcanic eruptions, City of Naples Prior to leading a group of young adult pilgrims to the 31st International World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, we had the privilege to spend two weeks on pilgrimage throughout Italy. Our travels took us to Rome… Read More ›

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St. Alphonsus de Liguori – Doctor of the Church

Born: September 27, 1696 in Marianella, Kingdom of Naples Died: August 1, 1787 in Pagani Italy Canonized: May 26, 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI Proclaimed Doctor of the Church: 1871 Feast Day: August 1st Patronage: Confessors, Moral Theologians, Arthritis, Scrupulosity, Vocations. Attributes: Praying with a Monstrance in his hands, Chaplet, Crucifix   “Nothing else is required than… Read More ›

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha – Lily of the Mohawks

Born: 1656 in Ossernenon, Iroquois Confederacy (present day Auriesville, New York) Died: April 17, 1680 in Kahnawake (near Montréal), Québec, Canada. Canonized: October 21, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI Feast Day: July 14th Patronage: Ecologists, ecology, environment, environmentalism, environmentalists, loss of parents, people in exile, people ridiculed for their piety, Native Americans. Attributes: Lily (symbol… Read More ›

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The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church Died: Circa 64 AD Canonized: The Universal Church first celebrated this feast liturgically in 1969. Feast Day: June 30 Patronage: The City of Rome         Few churches in Rome will leave as profound an impression upon you as the Basilica of San Stefano Rotondo… Read More ›

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St. Damien of Molokai

St. Damien of Molokai Born: 3 January 1840 Died: 15 April 1889 Canonized: 11 October 2009 Feast: 10 May Patronage: Those afflicted with leprosy & HIV/AIDS I’ve always had a love for the theatre. During my pastoral internship I had the opportunity to attend a one-man play featuring the story of then recently canonized St…. Read More ›

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St. Mark the Evangelist

Feast Day: April 25 Symbol: Winged Lion1 Revered in both the Latin and Greek Church Patronage: Barristers, Notaries, Venice, Egypt We owe so much to our forefathers in faith – to the apostles and first Christians, and especially to the handful of men who put down in writing all that they had seen and heard…. Read More ›

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Blessed Oscar Romero – March 24

Born: August 15, 1917 in Ciudad Barrios in the San Miguel department of El Salvador. Martyred for the Faith: March 24, 1980 (at the age of 62) San Salvador, El Salvador. Beatified: May 23, 2015 by Pope Francis Feast Day: March 24 Patronage: Christian communicators, El Salvador, The Americas, Archdiocese of San Salvador, Persecuted Christians The day after Archbishop Oscar Romero was shot while celebrating the… Read More ›

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Blessed Michał Sopoćko – Feb. 15

Born: November 1, 1888 in Nowosady (near Vilnius), Lithuania Died: February 15, 1975 at Białystok, Poland Beatified: September 28, 2008 by Cardinal Angelo Amato at Białystok, Poland Attribute:1 Cassock The world might never have heard of Blessed Michał Sopoćko had it not been for a humble, uneducated Polish nun who we now know as St…. Read More ›

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St. Basil the Great

St. Basil the Great Born: 329 AD in Caesarea, Cappadocia (Modern Day Turkey) Died: January 1, 379 AD. Feast Day: January 2nd (In the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches, St. Basil’s Feast Day is often celebrated on January 1st) Patronage: The region of Cappadocia in Turkey, hospital administrators, Monastic reformers.     Among the many… Read More ›

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Saint Nicholas

Born: between AD 260 and 280 Died: 6 December AD 345 or 352 Feast Day: December 6th Patronage: Children, mariners, merchants, bakers, travellers, scholars, orphans, labourers, judges, paupers, marriageable maidens, students, and pawnbrokers, as well as Greece, Russia, many cities in Italy, Germany, Austria and Belgium   Even if you didn’t grow up in a… Read More ›