Saint of the Month

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.

Join your suffering to Christ: St. Alice

Feast Day: June 15

St. Alice of Schaerbeek (which is near Brussels in Belgium) entered a Cistercian convent when she was 7 years old and never left. She also suffered immensely during her life. She contracted leprosy at an early age, which led to her having to be put into isolation within the convent, and she eventually suffered paralysis and blindness. Despite all of this, she is most remembered for her humility.

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