Tagged: women saints

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,...

St. Matilda, Queen of Germany

May 14 is the feast of St. Matilda, the Queen of Germany and wife of Henry I. She was born in Engern, Westphalia, Germany in 895 to Count Detrich and his wife, Reinhild. Raised by her grandmother, an abbess, she entered into an arranged marriage with King Henry the Fowler of Saxony in 909. Matilda became the mother of: Otto I, Emperor of Germany; Henry,...

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. Colette: Abbess, Mystic, Reformer

The saint of the day for March 6 is St. Colette, founder of the Poor Clare Colettines. She is the patron saint of expectant mothers and unborn babies, of childless couples who long to conceive, and of sick children. Colette was a miracle baby, born to parents over sixty years of age, who had been praying for a child to Nicholas of Myra. Born at Corbie in...

St. Josephine Bakhita: The Slave who became a Saint

Today is the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Canossian Sister who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Sudan. She is the patron saint of Sudan. Josephine Bakhita was born in Eastern Sudan around 1869. At the age of nine, she was captured by slave traders, who named her Bakhita, which means “the lucky or fortunate one.” Bakhita came from a happy, loving tribal...