Wednesday, November 1, 2006

26 Saints

Happy All Saints Day!

How many of these saints do you know?

St. Albert the Great
One of the Greatest scholars of the 12th century. Scientist and teacher of St Thomas Aquinas.

St. Brigid of Ireland
When she was a child, she gave many of possessions to the poor, even the items she did not really own. Later she became a nun, and started many convents in Ireland. Lived about the same time a St. Patrick of Ireland.

St. Cecelia
Martyr of the first century, she converted her husband and his brother, who were also martyred. She is the patron saint of music.

St. Dominic
Our Lady appeared to him, telling him to spread the devotion of the rosary. Founder of the Dominicans, and was a good friend of St. Francis of Assisi. Patron of astronomers.

St. Edmund Campion
A Jesuit priest, he encouraged Catholics to remain steadfast in their faith during Queen Elizabeth I' reign. Martyred on 1581

St. Francis Xavier
A missionary in the 16th century, he sailed bravely to the southeastern part of Asia to convert the people there. Friend of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

St. Germaine Cousin
Born deformed, she was mistreated by her stepmother, ignored by her father, and forced to sleep in a barn. She was a shepherdess. She went to Mass as often as she could, and when she left her staff upright in the ground, her sheep flocked around it while she went to Mass.

St. Hyacinth
One of the first Dominicans, he introduced the order and preached in the many different countries of Europe. He is one of the Patrons of Poland.

Bl. Imelda Lambertini
She entered a convent at the age of 9, and couldn't wait until she could finally receive her First Holy Communion. On May 12 1333, she did, and died after from happiness. She is the Patron of First Communicants.

St. John Vianney
He had to go through many hardships to obtain priesthood. He was assigned to the little town of Ars, which at the time wasn't even a parish and sorely needed improvement. The people came to love him so much, that he attempted to run away once. Many came a long way to him just to have confession told. Patron of parish priests.

St. Katharine of Siena
When she was younger, she hid in a cave attempting to become a hermit. However, she heard God's voice telling her to return home. Later, she became a Dominican nun and even persuaded a pope to return to Rome.

St. Lawrence
Archdeacon of Rome and martyr. When commanded to bring the treasure of the church to the officials of Rome, he gathered up the poor people. He was grilled to death.

St. Monica
She persisted in her prayer for the convertion of her son, St. Augustine and also for her husband.

St. Notburga
Saint in the 13th century, she was a kitchen girl and helped the poor in any way she could. Patroness of farmers.

St. Olga
Queen of Ukraine, she tried to convert her country but couldn't. Grandmother of St. Vladimir. Patroness of widows.

St. Philip Neri
Known as the laughing saint, he cared for the sick and poor in a cheery way.

St. Quardus
He was a pilgrim to the Holy Lands and Hermit.

St. Rose of Lima
Dominican tertiary and hermit, grew crops and embroidered to help finance her family. Once there were pirates about to attack Lima. She prayed and the pirates left. Patroness of gardeners.

St. Sebastian
Captain of the guard in Rome, he was well liked by the emperor. He visited the Christians in jail and gave them courage. When discovered, he was shot with arrows. He survived and the emperor beat him to death.

St. Thomas Aquinas
Scholar of the 13th century, he secretly joined the Dominicans. When his family found out, they imprisoned him for a year. Doctor of the Church and patron of academics.

St. Ursula
Martyred princess. She and her maids refused to give up their faith. Patroness of schoolchildren.

St. Vincent de Paul
Once captured by Turkish pirates. Founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity. Patron of charitable societies.

St. Wenceslaus
Converted by Sts. Cyril and Methodius and was duke of Bohemia. Patron saint of Bohemia.

St. Thomas Xico
One of the martyrs of Nagasaki

St. Yolanda of Hungary
Princess, Franciscan tertiary, and niece of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

St. Zita
She was a servant, and she gave her own food the those who needed it.

Visit Patron Saints Index for more saints

A heartfelt thank you to all who write the saint's stories and carry on their work!


Esther said...

Cool blog! I am guessing this is your own Cyrene? Nice job :-) Hope you don't mind if Joey and I link to it.

Cy said...

Thank you :) I don't mind