Tagged: Benedictine saints

St. Lawrence O’Toole: Archbishop and Patron of Dublin

The saint of the day for November 14 is St. Lawrence O’Toole, a Benedictine abbot and archbishop of Dublin. St. Lawrence is the patron saint of the archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland. St. Lawrence O’Toole was born around 1128 in County Kildare, Ireland. His father was the chief of Hy Murray, and his mother one of the Clan O’Byrne. At the age of 10, Lawrence was taken...

St. Benedict of Nursia: Founder of Western Monasticism

By Jean M. Heimann July 11 is the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, the twin brother of St. Scholastica, the founder of Western monasticism. In 1964, Pope Paul VI declared him patron of Europe and in 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger chose Benedict as patron of his papacy. St. Benedict of Nursia is the patron saint of: monks, cave explorers, agricultural workers, civil engineers, kidney...

St. Boniface: Apostle of Germany

June 5 is the memorial of St. Boniface, bishop and martyr. He was chosen by God to become Germany’s great apostle and patron. St. Boniface is the patron of: brewers, file cutters, and tailors. St. Boniface was born in Devonshire, England, around 680. Known as the apostle of Germany, Boniface was an English Benedictine monk who gave up being elected abbot to devote his life...

Saint Anslem: Benedictine monk and Doctor of the Church

April 21 is the feast of Saint Anslem, a Benedictine monk, abbot, philosopher and theologian, who held the office of archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. He is a Doctor of the Church who is known as “the most luminous and penetrating intellect between St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas” and “the Father of Scholasticism.” He preferred to defend the Faith using intellectual reasoning...

St. Aldegund of Maubeuge: patroness of breast cancer

  January 30 is the feast of St. Aldegund of Maubeuge, a French Benedictine abbess who is the patron saint of breast cancer. She is also invoked against eye troubles, other types of cancer, childhood diseases, fever, wounds, and sudden death. Saint Aldegund, also known as Aldegonde, Aldegund, or Adelgondis, was born in 630 in Flanders in the province of Hainault which spanned the borders...