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Saint Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales Feast Day: January 24 Immediately after his ordination in 1593, Francis was willingly dispatched to the isolated Chablis district of France. A mountainous area that had been lost to Catholicism during a failed…

Saint Agnes

St. Agnes Feast Day: January 21 A Roman Christian girl of legendary beauty, Agnes was executed during the Christian persecution of 303 AD for her unfailing devotion to Jesus and refusal of infatuated suitors. While there is…

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Feast Day: January 4 Born just two years before the United States won its independence from England, Elizabeth Ann Bayley was the daughter of New York City’s first health officer. Her mother…

Saint Gregory III

Saint Gregory III Feast Day: December 10 A Syrian cardinal so well renowned for his deep piety and intellect that the people suddenly seized him during the funeral mass of Pope Gregory II, carried him off, and made him the next pope.…

Saint Nicholas

St. NicholasFeast Day: December 6 A fourth century bishop born in Lycia, a province of Asia Minor, Nicholas was known for his devoutness, compassion, and love of justice. Elected the bishop of Myra, he was imprisoned and then…

Saint Francis Xavier

St. Francis XavierFeast Day: December 3 Raised in the Castle of Xavier near Pamplona, Spain, Francis’ parents sent him to study at the university of Paris when he was seventeen. While there, he befriended another noble Spaniard,…

All Saints Day

All Saints Day Feast Day: November 1   The Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints to honor the belief that every saint, known and unknown, is now with God. By acknowledging them and their lives, the Church is also recognizing the…

St. Leo the Great

St. Leo the GreatFeast Day: November 10 In the long history of the Church, there are only three popes who have ever earned the title “Great,” and Leo was the first one. A man with “boundless energy,” a compassionate…

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Feast Day: November 13   A remarkable woman from humble origins, Frances was one of thirteen children. At age eighteen she wished to become a nun, but her poor health prevented her from following her dream.…

St. Margaret of Scotland

St. Margaret of ScotlandFeast Day: November 16 Granddaughter of Edmund Ironside, king of Wessex, Margaret was raised in Hungary where she received a fine education that later helped to draw the affection of the King of Scotland. After the…