Tagged: Catholic saints

St. Marianne Cope: Patroness 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 on October 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North America to be canonized, and only the 11th American saint. St. Marianne Cope is the patroness of lepers, outcasts, those with HIV/AIDS, and Hawaii. Marianne was one of ten children born...

Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

January 22 is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the day established by the Church as a day of penance, prayer and fasting for the sin of abortion. This day is formally named as the  Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 is to be observed as a particular day...

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys: Woman of Faith and Fortitude

Image: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys 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 faith and fortitude, known for...

Venerable Pauline Marie Jaricot: Founder

On January 9, we remember Venerable Pauline Marie Jaricot, a French lay woman who founded the Association for the Propagation of the Faith, which later became the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Born into a very pious and wealthy family in Lyons, France in 1799, Pauline developed into a deep, thoughtful girl during her teen years through tragedy. First, a serious fall caused...

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 On January 8, the Church celebrates the...

St. Andre Bessette: Miracle Man of Montreal

Today is the feast of St. Andre Bessette, who struggled with illness for much of his life, humbly devoted his life to prayer, and served the Lord by comforting the sick and afflicted. Through his intercessory prayers to St. Joseph, many received God’s healing graces. St. Andre Bestte was born on August 9, 1845, near Montreal, Canada as Alfred Bessette. The son of a woodcutter,...

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...

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Wife, Mother, Widow, Sister

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...

Saint Basil the Great: Bishop and Doctor

January 1 is the feast of St. Basil the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. He is the patron saint of monks and hospital administrators. Basil was born in 329 in Caesarea in the region known as Cappadocia, which is located in eastern Asia Minor (the middle of modern Turkey). His father was a wealthy lawyer and landowner. Both of his parents were devout...

Saint Lucy’s Feast Day: Prayers and Traditions

December 13th is the feast of Saint Lucy (283-304), a noblewoman who was born in Syracuse, Italy, during the Diocletian persecution. She made a vow of virginity and distributed her wealth to the poor. This generosity angered the pagan youth to whom she had been unwillingly betrothed and who denounced her to Paschasius, the governor of Sicily. When it was decided to violate her virginity...