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Saint John Neumann: His Life and Spirituality

January 5th is the feast of Saint John Neumann (1811-1860), a native of Bohemia (a region encompassing the western Czech Republic) who immigrated to the United States. The apptitude to learn languages that had brought him to America led him to learn Spanish, French, Italian, and Dutch so he could hear confessions in at least six languages. When Irish immigration started, he learned Gaelic so well...

Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle

On November 30, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, who was the first of the twelve apostles to be called by Christ. He is the patron saint of: Scotland, Russia, Barbados, Ukraine, Sicily, Greece, Cyprus, and Romania. In addition, he is the patron of: fishermen, gout, sore throats, unmarried women, and women who wish to become mothers. The symbol for St....

St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor

Image: The Meeting between Leo the Great (painted as a portrait of Leo X) and Attila On November 10, the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor. St. Leo the Great was born in Rome of Italian nobility. As a deacon of the Church, he opposed the heresy of Pelagianism, which taught that grace was not necessary for salvation, but was...

Divine Mercy Messenger: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

October 5 is the feast of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905 – 1938), a Polish nun who was chosen by Jesus to remind the world of the mystery of God’s merciful love, the devotion to Divine Mercy. Helena Kowalska was born in a small village in west-central Poland, the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation...

Saint John Bosco: Hero of Youth

On Jan. 31, we celebrate the feast of St. John Bosco or “Don Bosco,” a 19th century Italian priest who worked to improve the education, vocational opportunities, and faith of youth during the industrial revolution. Giovanni (John) Melchior Bosco was born in 1815 to a poor farm family in the hillside hamlet of Becchi in northern Italy. When he was born, his mother consecrated him...

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...

Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Angelic Doctor

January 28 is the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a 13th century Dominican priest, philosopher, and theologian. As a Doctor of the Church, he has been given the title “Angelic Doctor” and is the patron saint of apologists, Catholic schools, chastity, learning, philosophers, publishers, students, theologians, and universities. St. Thomas ranks among the greatest writers and theologians of all time. His most important work, the...

The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle

Happy Feast day of the Conversion of St. Paul! The conversion of Saul, persecutor of the early church, was of pivotal importance for the worldwide development of Christianity. Paul means much for our faith and for the New Testament. Today we celebrate that significant event on the road to Damascus when Saul, fallen to amazement at a great light from heaven, spoke with the risen...

St. Marianne Cope, Patron Saint of Outcasts

January 23 is the feast of St. Marianne Cope (1838-1918), a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, who was canonized Oct. 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North American to be canonized, and only the 11th American saint. St. Marianne Cope is the patroness of lepers, outcasts, those with HIV/AIDS, and Hawaii. She was one of ten children born to...

St. “Canute the Holy”, King of Denmark

The saint of the day is St. Canute, the patron saint of Denmark. He was the illegitimate son of King Sweyn Estrithson of Denmark and the nephew of King Knud of England. He succeeded his older brother Harold to the throne of Denmark in the year 1080. As the King of Denmark, he was known as Knud IV. He married Adela, sister of Count Roberts...