Tagged: French saints

St. Germaine: Patroness of the Abused and Disabled

Today, June 15 is the feast day of St. Germaine Cousin, a simple and devout young girl who lived in Pibrac, France in the late 1500s. She was born in 1579 to a humble family. Her father was a farmer, and her mother died when she was still an infant. She was born with a deformed right arm and hand, as well as the disease...

Saint Berthold of Calabria: Crusader, Priest, Hermit

  The saint of the day for March 29 is St. Berthold of Calabria (d. 1195), a Norman French crusader and a priest who founded a hermit colony on Mount Carmel in 1185. A son of the Count of Limoges, Berthold was born in Malifaye in southwest France. He was also a nephew of Aymeric of Malifaye, the Latin patriarch of who was installed in...

St. Louise de Marillac: Patroness of Social Workers

  The saint of the day for March 15 is St. Louise de Marillac, the co-founder, with Saint Vincent de Paul, of the Daughters of Charity. She is the patroness of: disappointing children, those rejected by religious orders, widows, sick people, and social workers. Louise was born in Ferrières-en-Brie (near Meaux), Auvergne, France, on August 12, 1591. Born out of wedlock in Paris in 1581,...

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. Hilary of Poitiers, Doctor of the Church

January 13 is the optional memorial of St. Hilary, bishop of Poitiers in the 4th century. Pope Pius IX declared him a “Doctor of the Church,” because of his heroic defense of the the Faith against Arians and other heretics. He strongly defended the divinity of Christ, and despite the fact that he was a kind and gentle man, he was viewed as an agitator,...