Saint of the Month

St. Peter Claver – Sept. 9

The lives of holy men and women witness that with God, we must always expect the unexpected – we must be soft clay in the hands of the Lord, confidently trusting in the goodness of his will. The life of St. Peter Claver is no exception.

Peter Claver was born in Catalonia, Spain in the year 1581. At the age of 20, he entered the Jesuit novitiate and shortly after began to study philosophy. Then something unexpected happened.

St. Anthony of Padua - June 13

St. Anthony of Padua, the “finder of lost articles,” was born into a wealthy family in Portugal in 1195, and first joined the Augustinian order. After he had been ordained into that order, he was inspired by the simple lifestyle of some Franciscans he encountered. He then obtained permission to leave his order, and joined the relatively new Franciscans.

St. Gianna Molla – A mother who chose life for her unborn child

Feast Day: April 28

Gianna Beretta Molla, born in 1922 in Magenta, Italy, was a steadfast woman, both in her beliefs and in her career.

At the age of 20, just after she graduated high school, she began studying medicine in Milan. She instantly fell in love with the medical field and considered being a doctor a sort of “priestly mission”—not work. “Just as the priests can touch Jesus,” Gianna once wrote on a prescription pad, “so we doctors touch Jesus in the bodies of our patients: in the poor, the young, the old, and children.”

Saint Manuel Míguez González - March 8

Early in his priesthood, Manuel (who took the religious name Faustino of the Incarnation) was sent to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, where he encountered illiterate women who had been marginalized because of their gender. Seeing these uneducated women and realizing the lifetime of injustices that had been brought against them, Father Faustino decided to take action. He prayed and sought the guidance of God, but he knew he had to do more, so in 1885 he established the Daughters of the Divine Shepherdess, a new religious congregation to educate women.

St. Nicholas Feast day: Dec. 6

Jolly Old St. Nicholas evokes a cheerful image of an elderly, bearded man, kindly handing out gifts to children. This St. Nick, or Santa Claus, is a model of generosity for those who see the celebration of our Savior’s birth at Christmas as a time for performing acts of charity and goodwill. While the original Saint Nicholas was known and honored for his concern for the poor, the Church also remembers him as a fierce defender of the faith against the Arian heresy at the first Church council in Nicaea.

St. Leo the Great: Feast Day: Nov. 10

A man of peace. A pastoral pope and a preacher. A staunch defender of doctrine. Pope St. Leo the Great managed to fill these disparate roles ably and with unshakeable faith.

In the fifth century, Italy was besieged by waves of barbarian invasions, imperial rulers were losing power, and arguments were erupting between bishops in the Eastern and Western Churches. The times called for a strong leader in Rome – and the Church got one in Pope Leo I, who was pope from 440-461 A.D.

St. Pius X

Feast Day: Aug. 21

When St. Pius X was named pope in 1903, he used the words of St. Paul to state his most fervent desire: “to restore all things in Christ.” (Eph 1:10) How was this to be achieved? Through education – by teaching Christian doctrine to the young and the old, to the rich and the poor. He felt religious devotion was devoid of meaning unless people understood their faith.

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