The True Cross
During the reign of Constantine, the first Christian Emperor of Rome, St. Helena (Constantine’s mother) travelled to the Holy Land in 326-328 founding churches and establishing assistance for the poor. She was led to the hiding place of three crosses, one which belonged to Jesus Christ and the other two belonged to the thieves executed with Jesus. Through a miracle the True Cross of Christ was revealed to St. Helena which she had taken back to Rome.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Saint Thomas Aquinas was born in 1275 and served as a Dominican priest who was incredibly influential in his philosophical, theological and scholastic achievements. He was a proponent of natural theology and his many teachings are known as Thomism. He had great influence on Western thought particularly in the areas of Ethics, Metaphysics leveraging Aristotelian philosophy. His greatest works include Summa Theologica and Sumna Contra Gentiles. St. Thomas died on March 7, 1274. His life, teachings and devotion to God earned him the title of Saint and Doctor of the Church.
Saint Rita Cassis
Saint Rita of Cassis was an Italian Augustinian nun born in 1381. Rita was married very young and was married for 18 years before entering the Augustinian order. In her married life she was as a model wife and mother. Her husband was killed in a feud and she worked to dissuade her sons from revenging their father’s death. As a nun she was known for her deep prayer life and mortifications. She is known as the Patroness of Impossible Causes. St. Rita died on May 22, 1457.
Saint Martin de Porres
Saint Martin de Porres, was born on December 9, 1579 in Lima Peru and became a lay brother of the Dominican order. He was the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a freed African slave from Panama. He grew up very poor and eventually was given to a primary school where he eventually was placed in a school to learn medical arts. He did great work among the poor establishing orphanages and children’s hospitals. Saint Martin is known for the many hours he spent in prayer each night. Miracles attributed to St. Martin are levitation and bi-location and instantaneous cures of the sick. St Martin died on November 3, 1639.
Saint Giovanni Bosco
Giovanni Bosco was born on 16 August, 1815. As a Roman Catholic Priest St. Giovanni felt deep compassion for the poor and uneducated. He dedicated his life to the secular and religious education of the un-educated, especially street children, juveniles and in general disadvantaged youth. He was a devout follower or Saint Francis de Sales and eventually founded the Salesians of Don Bosco. Equally he co-founded the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, a religious order of nuns who were dedicated to the education of poor girls. St. John died January 31, 1888.
Saint Catherine Laboure
Saint Catherine was born on May 2, 1806 and was a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. When Catherine was nine years old her mother died and it is told that Catherine picked up a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and kissed it saying, “Now you will be my mother.” Catherine had locutions of the Blessed Mother in which our Lady appeared inside an oval frame, standing upon a globe, wearing many rings of different colors, most of which shone rays of light over the globe. Around the margin of the frame appeared the words “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” Mary tasked Catherine with getting this vision made into medallions for people to wear. This is known as the miraculous medal. St. Catherine died on December 31, 1876.
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
Blessed Francis Xavier was born in Bavaria Germany on January 11, 1819. He expressed the desire to be a priest from early childhood and entered seminary in 1842. He became a missionary in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer and came to the United States. Francis worked in Pittsburg Pennsylvania with St. John Newman. Francis was known for his innate kindness and his understanding as he responded to the call of Christ serving the needs of his parishioners. He was very popular as a spiritual director and confessor. He died on October 4th, 1867.