Tagged: women saints

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 Regina: Virgin and Martyr

On September 7, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Regina (also known as Saint Reine, died in 386), virgin and martyr. Saint Regina is the patroness of poor people, shepherdesses, and torture victims. Tradition tells us that Regina was born in the third century in eastern France. Her mother died in childbirth, and she was left to be raised by her father, Clement Alise,...

St. Clare of Montefalco: Bearer of the Cross of Christ

August 17 is the feast of St. Clare of Montefalco (1268-1308), an Augustinian nun noted for her devotion to the Passion of Christ. For that reason, she is sometimes called St. Clare of the Cross. In her community of sisters, she was a model of religious life according to the ideals of Augustine. As superior of her convent, she constantly urged her sisters to practice...

Saint Lydia Purpuraria: Businesswoman and Convert

The saint of the day for August 3 is Saint Lydia Purpuraria, the first Christian convert in Europe, a businesswoman who dealt in luxury goods. She is the patron saint of cloth dyers. Saint Lydia was born during the first century in Thyatira, a town famous for its dye works in Asia Minor, famous for its dye works, (hence, her name which means purple seller)....

St. Rita of Cascia: Patroness of the Impossible

  The saint of the day for May 22 is St. Rita of Cascia, religious, patroness of impossible, desperate causes and situations. She is also the patron saint of abuse victims, difficult marriages, infertility, parenthood, sterility, and widows. St. Rita was born at Rocca Porena, Italy, in 1386 to Antonio and Amata Lotti, who were quite advanced in years. Rita’s birth was an answer to...

St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican Doctor

April 29th is the feast of my Confirmation saint, St. Catherine of Siena, Caterina di Giacomo di Benicasa (1347 – 1380). As a mystic, activist, reformer, contemplative, and Doctor of the Church, she is one of the most prominent figures in Christian history. Catherine, the youngest of twenty-six children, was born in Siena on March 25, 1347. During her youth she had to contend with...

St. Zita of Lucca, patron saint of housekeepers

April 27 is the feast of St. Zita of Lucca (1212-72), the patron saint of housekeepers, domestic servants, and waitresses. She is also invoked to help find lost keys. She was born in Tuscany, Italy in the village of Monsagrati. Zita came from a poor, but deeply pious family. To help support the family, she became a maid of a wealthy family, Fatinelli, in the...

Saint Lea of Rome: Wife, Widow, Religious

Today, March 22, we celebrate the liturgical memorial of Saint Lea of Rome (died 384), a Roman noblewoman who upon the death of her husband, entered consecrated life. Much of what we know about Saint Lea, we learn through the writing of Saint Jerome. She was born into wealth and privilege and married up the social ladder. However, shortly after her marriage, she was widowed....

Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello: wife, religious, foundress

  The saint of the day for March 21st is Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello (also known as St. Benedicta Cambiagio Frasinello). Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello was born on October 2, 1791 in Langasco (Genoa) Italy; she died on March 21,1858 in Ronco Scrivia in Liguria. She was a wife, religious and foundress. She let the Holy Spirit guide her through married life to the work of...

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,...