Jun 17 2006
St. Botulph was born circa 610 in East Anglia (which is a part of present-day England). He became a Benedictine monk in what is present-day France and then established the Benedictine Order in the British Isles in 647. He founded the Ikanhoe monastery in East Anglia. The area around the monastery required the religious men to do plenty of work to be able to farm the land. The saint also served as a traveling missionary throughout the area. St. Botulph died in 680 and is patron saint of agricultural workers.
St. Anthony of Padua
Jun 13 2006
St. Anthony of Padua was born to a wealthy family in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195. He became a priest and a Franciscan. He later joined the Friars Minor so that he could travel to Morocco to evangelize. When he was shipwrecked in Sicily, he went to Portiuncula and lived in a cave, leaving only to go to Mass. He eventually began traveling through Italy and France to preach, teach and evangelize. This doctor of the church drew a large crowd wherever he spoke. The saint who died in 1231 was also a wonder worker. St. Anthony of Padua is patron saint against shipwrecks.
St. John I, pope
May 18 2006
St. John I was born in Italy and became the 53rd pope in 523. He was the first pope to go to Constantinople when he traveled there to speak to and crown Emperor Justin I. When St. John returned to home, the Italy’s ruler, Theodoric, thought the pope had plotted against him with the emperor. Theodoric put the pope in prison, where St. John I died May 18, 526.
St. Mark the Evangelist
Apr 25 2006
St. Mark the Evangelist was a disciple of St. Peter. Sometime before the year 60 he wrote the second Gospel, which he wrote in Greek for the converts to Christianity. He traveled with St. Barnabas and St. Paul on a missionary trip through Cyprus. St. Mark also evangelized in Alexandria, Egypt, where he established the church and began a Christian school. He was martyred in the same city on April 25, 68. Often represented in art as a lion, St. Mark is patron saint of lions, notaries and Egypt.
St. Leo IX
Apr 19 2006
St. Leo IX was born in June 1002 in Egisheim, Alsace. He was a deacon, and he was a soldier and officer in the imperial army. He became a bishop in France in 1021 and then became the 151st pope in February of 1049. He fought simony, which is the selling or purchase of spiritual goods. St. Leo IX enforced clerical celibacy, reformed parishes and encouraged the use of chant. Nicknamed the Pilgrim Pope, he traveled throughout Europe to enforce his reforms. St. Leo IX held a number of synods, and he proposed that only cardinals elect the pope. He died April 19, 1054.
St. Celsus of Armagh
Apr 01 2006
St. Celsus of Armagh, a Benedictine monk, was born in Ireland in 1079. He is said to have been the last hereditary archbishop of Armagh in Ireland. He taught in Oxford, England. He traveled across Ireland to preach and reform. In 1111, he helped preside at a synod that helped align the Irish church with the rest of Europe. St. Celsus also brokered peace among kings and chieftans in Ireland. He died in 1129.
St. Catherine of Sweden
Mar 24 2006
St. Catherine of Sweden, born in 1331, was the daughter of St. Bridget of Sweden. Although she married at age 13, she took a vow of chastity. Around 1350, she went to Rome to see her mother and was widowed soon after. The two women went on a series of pilgrimages. When they were not traveling, they worked with the poor. The women also had to fend off would-be suitors. After her mother died, St. Catherine became abbess of the convent her mother had founded, and she wrote a devotional. St. Catherine of Sweden is patron saint against abortion and miscarriages.
St. John of Parma
Mar 20 2006
St. John of Parma was a Franciscan priest born in 1209 in Italy. He taught theology in Bologna and Naples, Italy. He became the Franciscans’ seventh minister general in 1247, and he traveled to the Franciscan provinces of various countries. St. John of Parma also served as papal legate to Constantinople. He is patron saint of Parma, Italy.
Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco
Feb 24 2006
Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco was born in Italy in 1831 and became a priest in 1855. He opened a school for boys, spent time as a traveling missionary, opened a school of moral theology, founded the Priestly Society of the Catholic Apostolate to support missions, and founded the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood – an order devoted to caring for orphans. When Pope John Paul II beatified Blessed Thomas in 2001, the pontiff said Blessed Thomas was an example for priests and for the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood.
St. Brigid of Ireland
Feb 01 2006
St. Brigid of Ireland was born in Ireland in 453. She befriended St. Patrick as a child. St. Brigid couldn’t bear to see anyone hungry, so she would often give them whatever she could – even if the items belonged to her father. St. Brigid became a nun and started convents all over Ireland. She traveled quite often, which is why she is the patron saint of travelers and sailors.