Saint of the Month

St. Thomas More: A man for all seasons

Feast Day: June 22

St. Thomas More was an educated man – a lawyer, husband, and father. He was known as being a statesman with great faith and high standards. He was appointed Lord Chancellor of England in 1529 by King Henry VIII. But three years later, Thomas More resigned this high post because of his opposition to Henry’s divorce to Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn. He also refused to acknowledge Henry as the supreme head of the Church of England, which would mean breaking with Rome.

St. Damien of Molokai “Leper priest” in Hawaii

Feast Day: May 10

Born into a poor, Belgian farming family in 1840, Joseph De Veuster left school at 13 to work on his parent’s farm. Six years later, Joseph joined his brother in the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, taking the name Damien.

His life of mission began in 1864, when he volunteered to take his brother’s place as a missionary on the Hawaiian Islands. For several years, Damien served on Honolulu until the Bishop asked for volunteers to serve the quarantined lepers on Molokai.

Advocate of Peace, Advisors to Popes: Catherine of Siena

Feast Day: April 29

On the feast of the Annunciation, 1347, Jacopo and Lapa Benincasa welcomed their 25th child into the world. Saint Catherine of Siena lived in Siena, Italy, where she consecrated her life to God as a young girl. As she grew in devotion to the Church, Catherine became a Third Order Dominican, which allowed her to live in the world and serve the poor and hospitalized at the same time. She encouraged those around her to embrace God’s plan for their lives, saying, “If you are what you should be, you will set all of Italy ablaze!"

The Humble Doorkeeper: St. Andre Bessette

Feast Day: January 7th

St. André was born Alfred Bessette in Quebec in 1845. Orphaned by the age of 12, he was a sickly child. He entered the Holy Cross Brothers, but even at the age of 25, he could not read and write. Although he was almost sent away, the bishop permitted him to stay and receive his vows. He was sent to Notre Dame College in Montreal after he took his vows to act as messenger and doorkeeper. He stayed in this post for 40 years, ministering to the sick.

Feast of the Archangels, Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Feast day: Sept. 29

If you have ever wondered which saint to pray to for speedy help, the three archangels cover all the bases. They each have their own specific role in Scripture: Michael guards, Gabriel lights and Raphael guides. 

St. Michael, whose name means “Who is like God?”, is the heavenly leader who cast out the fallen angels in the war of heaven. His name is the foil to Lucifer’s sin of pride in making himself like God. Michael is mentioned as the “great prince” in the books of Daniel and Revelation.


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