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St. Seraphina: Patron of the Poor and the Physically Challenged

Today’s saint, St. Seraphina, also known as Fina, is a great inspiration for those who suffer from poverty and illness, especially young people. She is the patron of the disabled and those who are physically challenged. Seraphina was born to a poor family in San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy in 1238. Her father died when she was very young and her widowed mother went to work,...

St. Frances of Rome: Wife, Mother, and Mystic

The saint of the day for March 9th is St. Frances of Rome, one of the great mystics of the 15th century. She was born in Rome to a noble family in 1384 and died in Rome on March 9, 1440.  Frances desired to enter the convent, but in obedience to her parents was instead married at age twelve to a young nobleman named Lorenzo de’...

St. Claude de la Colombiere: Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The saint of the day for February 15 is St. Claude de la Colombiere, a Jesuit missionary, who was the brilliant and pious spiritual director of St. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. While he is best known for his association with St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the devotion of the Sacred Heart, his life has its own drama. He was born near Lyons, France in 1641 to...

St. Blaise and the Blessing of Throats

On February 3, we commemorate St. Blaise, a physician and Bishop of Sebaste, Armenia in the 4th century. He lived in a cave on Mount Argeus and was a healer of men and animals. Legend tells us that sick animals would come to him on their own for help, but would never disturb him at prayer. He is the patron saint of: throat illnesses, animals, and...

St. Brigid of Ireland: Healer and Miracle Worker

February 1 is the feast of St. Brigid of Ireland, a fifth century convert to Christianity, who was inspired by the preaching of St Patrick. As an abbess and Catholic nun, she founded a double monastery, of monks and nuns, at Kildare, the first women’s monastic community in Ireland. St. Brigid is the patron saint of: babies, children whose parents are not married, dairy workers,...

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. Marguerite Bourgeoys: Woman of Fortitude

January 12 is the feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the founder of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, a teaching order. She is the patron saint of poor people and those rejected by religious orders. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys was a woman of aspirations and action, despite her fragile health. She was a woman of grace and fortitude, known for her obedience to God...

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3: 16 – 17 Today the Church celebrates the Feast of...

The Spirituality of St. John Neumann

January 5th is the feast of St. John Neumann (1811-1860), a native of Bohemia (a region encompassing the western Czech Republic) who immigrated to the United States. He became a Redemptorist priest and the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia. St. John Neumann founded the first Catholic diocesan school system in the U.S. and a new religious institute for women — the Third Order of the Sisters of Saint...

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

January 4th is the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a single woman, a wife, a mother, a widow, a lay woman and a religious Sister. She was the foundress of the first American Catholic parish school, the first American community of women religious (the Sisters of Charity), and the first American orphanage. This first native-born American saint was born on August 28, 1774 in...