The Sisters reflect thoughtfully and prayerfully on the lives of the saints. They invite you to do the same for personal study and knowledge.
Sts. Charles Lwanga and Companions – One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, Charles Lwanga is the patron of youth and Catholic action in most of tropical Africa.
St. Isidore the Farmer – Throughout his life, St. Isidore worked on the estate of a wealthy landowner. He was known for his love of the poor and his care for animals. He is the patron saint of farmers and rural communities.
St. Jane Frances de Chantal – Her father was president of the Parliament of Burgundy. In 1592, she married Baron de Chantal and lived in a feudal castle of Bourbilly. Left a widow with children at age 28, she took a vow of chastity. When she was 32, she met St. Francis de Sales, who became her spiritual director. She ultimately formed the Congregation of the Visitation.
St. John Bosco (Don Bosco) – Born in August 1815 to a family of peasant farmers in Italy, John Bosco was raised by his mother after his father died when John was just two. Today, the 19th century Italian priest who reached out to young people is a patron saint of young people and apprentices.
St. Juan Diego – Pope John Paul II called St. Juan Diego a “simple, humble” man who accepted Christianity without giving up his identity. Thousands gathered in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City when St. Juan Diego was canonized, becoming the first saint who was indigenous to the Americas.
St. Laura of St. Catherine of Siena – Her father died when Laura was just two. Her mother was an example of Christian forgiveness and fortitude that would remain in her daughter’s heart forever. She is the patron saint of people suffering from racial discrimination, orphans, and the Congregation of Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Mary and Saint Catherine of Siena.
St. Maria Goretti – The daughter of a poor Italian tenant farmer, Maria Goretti never learned to read or write. Fighting off a sexual attack before her 12th birthday, she suffered stab sounds and died one day later. In her final hours, she focused on compassion and good: concern for her mother and forgiveness of her murderer.
Blessed Mary of the Passion – Born in France in 1839 to a noble Christian family, Hélène Marie Philippine de Chappotin de Neuville demonstrated a deep faith from childhood. In 1864, she joined the Society of Marie Reparatrice. In 1877, she obtained authorization from Pope Piux IX to found a new Institute: the Missionaries of Mary.
St. Patrick – He is one of the best known of the Saints but much of what people know is legend. While details of his life are uncertain, he is remembered as the Patron Saint of Ireland for his role in bringing Christianity to what was once a pagan island.
St. Peter Chanel – Overcoming loneliness and showing devotion to the sick, he was the first Christian missionary to set foot in Western Oceania. Persecuted by a tribal chieftain, he died a martyr’s death. Within two years of his death, the whole island became Catholic. Today, Peter Chanel is the patron of Oceania.
St. Robert Bellarmine – A promising scholar as a youth in Tuscany, he devoted his energy to Scripture and the study of church history. Ordained as a Jesuit in 1570, he became theologian to Pope Clement VIII, preparing two catechisms which have had great influence in the Church.
St. Scholastica – Brothers and sisters often share common interests. That’s especially true for twins. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Scholastica and her twin brother, Benedict, chose a similar path. Though they were born to wealthy parents, Scholastica and Benedict chose lives of prayer, establishing religious communities just a few miles apart.