Tagged: Portuguese saints

St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church

Saint Anthony of Padua with the Infant Christ by Guercino, 1656, Bologna, Italy    By Jean M. Heimann June 13 is the feast of one of my favorite saints — St. Anthony of Padua. He is a Doctor of the Church, a Franciscan priest known as the “Hammer of the Heretics”, the “Wonder-Worker”, and the “Living Ark of the Covenant.” Countless conversions, miraculous healings, and...

St. John of God, Patron of the Sick and Dying

On March 8, the Church honors St. John of God, Founder of the Order of the Brothers Hospitalers, which bears his name. He is the patron of the sick, the dying, firefighters, and alcoholics. St. John of God was born on March 8, 1495 in a small village in the south of Portugal called Montemor-o-Novo. At the age of eight, he left home and was...

Blessed Francisco and Jacinto Marto

  Today we commemorate Blessed Francisco and Jacinto Marto, the visionaries at Fatima. Francisco,(June 11, 1908 – April 4, 1919) 11, and Jacinta (March 11, 1910 – February 20, 1920), 10, are the youngest non-martyrs to be beatified in the history of the Church. The brother and sister, who tended their families’ sheep with their cousin Lucia Santo in the fields of Fatima, Portugal, witnessed...