Saint Katharine Drexel
Feb17

Saint Katharine Drexel

Saint Drexel’s crowning achievement was the founding of Xavier University in New Orleans, the first university in the United States for African Americans.

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Who is Saint Polycarp of Smyrna
Feb09

Who is Saint Polycarp of Smyrna

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna Patron: Against Earaches Polycarp was a disciple of St. John the Apostle, who had converted Polycarp around the year 80 AD. He had lived near Jerusalem and was proud of his early associations with the Apostles. He preached and spoke often about learning from the Apostles who saw the Lord. Polycarp became bishop of Smyrna and held the seat for about 70 years. Polycarp was one of the most glorious martyrs of...

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Who is Saint Benedict?
Jul10

Who is Saint Benedict?

St. Benedict was born to a noble family around 480 A.D. in Nursia, in central Italy. He lived a sequestered life for many years, leaving family and friends behind to live in a cave near the town of Subiaco. Disgusted after witnessing the immoral lifestyle while in school in Rome, St. Benedict chose to live a quiet life in prayer and devotion to God As we all are, Saint Benedict was constantly tempted by the devil, although he was able...

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Saint Anthony in 60 Seconds
Jun12

Saint Anthony in 60 Seconds

The feast of St. Anthony is celebrated every June 13. He is known as the patron saint of lost items, but he is also the patron saint of amputees. St. Anthony of Padua isn’t actually Italian. He was born in an influential family with the name Ferdinand in 1195 in Portugal. At the age of 15, he moved into the Augustinian Abbey of St. Vincent near Lisbon and joined The Canons Regular of St. Augustine—a religious order, to live a life...

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Who is Saint Rita of Cascia?
May19

Who is Saint Rita of Cascia?

As Rita was growing up, her parent happily supported her desire to live a life of prayer and setup an oratory in their home. Although they were reluctant when at age 12, Rita decided to fully dedicate herself to God. They won out and were able to give her in marriage at the age 18 to a impulsive young man. After 18 years of marriage and 2 sons, Rita lost her devoted husband and shortly after her 2 sons. One night as Rita was praying...

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Who is Saint George?
Apr22

Who is Saint George?

St. George was a part of the Roman army and is venerated as a great martyr in the Eastern Church. As one of the “Fourteen Holy Helpers” his intercession is considered particularly effective. St. George is the patron of England since 800AD. Many legends are attached to Saint George, yet the most famous is the one in The Golden Legend. There was a dragon that was terrorizing flocks and the people that lived around a lake near...

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Who is Saint Patrick
Mar11

Who is Saint Patrick

March 17th is not all about 4 leaf clovers, leprechauns and green beer. This is a day to honor and pray to St. Patrick. 1,500 years ago, Saint Patrick was an influential saint who brought Christianity to the little country of Ireland. Saint Patrick in the Early Years He was born around 415 AD in the British Isles, and while he was still young he was captured by Irish raiders and sold as a slave. After a few years of slavery and near...

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Who is Saint Agatha
Feb05

Who is Saint Agatha

Saint Agatha was another martyr of legendary status. Agatha was a Sicilian virgin from a noble family. She was said to have rejected the advances of the governor of Sicily resulting in the charge of being a Christian. She was threatened with torture if she did not renounce Christ, but her answer was, “I am a handmaid of Christ & bear the appearance of a slave, which is of the highest nobility.” Saint Agatha was held in...

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Who is Saint Blaise
Feb03

Who is Saint Blaise

St. Blaise was a physician and Bishop in Armenia. Blaise has been extremely popular for centuries and many cures were attributed to him He lived in a cave on Mount Argeus and was known as a healer of men and animals. According to legend, sick animals would come to him on their own for help. When Agricola came to Sebaste to persecute Christians and while searching for wild animals for the arena games, rediscovered Blaise deep in...

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Who is Saint John Bosco?
Jan31

Who is Saint John Bosco?

Saint John Bosco was born in Turin, Italy, in 1815 His father died when John was only two years old and it was his mother Margaret who provided him with a good Christian education. At the age of twenty he entered the major seminary John Bosco was ordained a priest on June 5, 1846, and with the help of John Borel he founded the oratory of St. Francis de Sales. John Bosco formulated a system of education based on “reason, religion...

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Who is Saint Thomas Aquinas
Jan28

Who is Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas taught philosophy and theology with such genius that he is considered one of the leading Christian thinkers. He ranks among the greatest writers and theologians of all time. His most important work, the Summa Theologica, an explanation of the entire body of Catholic teaching, has been standard for centuries. He inspired others by how he suffering with the poor in his efforts to alleviate their needs. Gladly giving...

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Who is Saint Agnes?
Jan21

Who is Saint Agnes?

Saint Agnes is one of the most glorious saints in the calendar of the Roman Church. The name “Agnes”, means ‘lamb’ in Latin, but in Greek it is ‘the pure one'”. One day thirteen year old Agnes, was returning home from school, she happened to meet Symphronius, a son of the city prefect. At once he became passionately attracted to her and tried to win her by precious gifts. Agnes rejected him, saying:...

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Who is Saint Sebastian?
Jan20

Who is Saint Sebastian?

The oldest historical account of the saint is found in a commentary on the psalms by St. Ambrose; the passage reads: “Allow me to propose to you the example of the holy martyr Sebastian. By birth he was a Milanese. Perhaps the persecutor of Christians had left Milan, or had not yet arrived, or had become momentarily more tolerant. Sebastian believed that here there was no opportunity for combat, or that it had already passed. So...

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Who is Saint Stephen?
Dec23

Who is Saint Stephen?

The Deacon Stephen, is the first martyr. Stoned in Jerusalem two years after the death of Christ. The account in the Acts of the Apostles about his arrest and the accusations brought against him show a parallel with our Saviour’s trial; He was stoned outside the city wall and died, as he prayed for those who were focused on killing him. Stephen belongs to the group of seven deacons that helped the Apostles He was “filled...

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Who is Saint Lucy? Find out in 60 seconds
Dec12

Who is Saint Lucy? Find out in 60 seconds

Who is Saint Lucy and what is she known for? Find out in 60 seconds. St. Lucy was born in Sicily, where she also died. She was of a noble Greek family, and was brought up as a Christian by her mother. Lucy’s mother was suffering from hemorrhage which guided them to visit St. Agatha. After praying devoutly at the tomb, Agatha appeared to her in a dream and consoled her. Her mother was miraculously cured and Lucy asked permission to vow...

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Yes, Virginia There Is a St. Nicholas
Dec06

Yes, Virginia There Is a St. Nicholas

The feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on December 6 each year and marks the anniversary of the death of the saint known as the generous gift-giver. Born in the 3rd century, there is not a lot of documented history about St. Nicholas’ life, but after extensive research, historians have been able to amass ample information about this popular saint. St. Nicholas was born in Patara, Lycia, a province of Asia Minor (now Turkey), to...

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Who is Saint Barbara? Find Out in 60 Seconds
Dec05

Who is Saint Barbara? Find Out in 60 Seconds

Hi, and welcome to Saint Feast Days in 60 Seconds from the Catholic Faith Store. Saint Barbara was the daughter of a Pagan man who worshiped false Gods. She was very beautiful and he had her enclosed in a tower, locked away, from the snares of men. During this time in the tower she secretly became a Christian and vowed virginity. During one of his absences, she had a third window put in the tower to honor the Holy Trinity. And even...

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Pray for us Saint Joseph
Mar19

Pray for us Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph was a common manual laborer who descended from the royal house of David. He was destined to become the spouse of Mary, the Mother of God. Joseph was a just man whose faith in God led him to fulfill his holy calling in life to protect and guard God’s greatest treasures upon the earth. After Joseph was witness to the Messiah’s virgin birth, he modestly retires into the background of the Holy Scripture. He lived out his...

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