Today's Saint

SAINT MARGARET OF SCOTLAND
(1045 - 1093)

Feast Day: November 16
Patron Saint: Scotland
Fun Fact: Saint Margaret of Scotland was an English princess born in Hungary to Princess Agatha of Hungary and English Prince Edward the exile around 1045. She along with her family sailed to Scotland from her native England to escape the king who conquered their land. She married Malcolm and became Queen. She provided good advice and made a good ruler much better through her wisdom. She had new churches built, obtained more teachers, and corrected evil practices. Margaret ill and worn from a life full of austerity and fasting passed away on 16 November 1093. Her body was buried before the high altar in Dunfermline. She was honoured for her work for reform of the Church and personal holiness. She was canonized by Pope Innocent IV in 1250.

SAINT ALBERT THE GREAT
(1200 - 1280)



Feast Day: November 15
Patron Saint: Scientists, philosophers, medical technicians, natural sciences
Fun Fact: Saint Albert was born as Albertus Magnus in Bavaria. He referred to himself as "Albert of Lauingen" a town in Southern Germany. He was well educated and attended the University of Padua where he learnt about Aristotle and his writings. Albert experienced an encounter with Blessed Mother Mary. He was so moved that he chose to become a member of the Dominican Order and studied theology. He became ill in 1278 and died in on 15 November 1280. Three years after his death, his grave was opened and his body was found to be incorrupt. When his grave was opened after centuries in 1483, they found only his skeleton. His relics are presently found in Cologne, Germany.

SAINT LAWRENCE OF O'TOOLE
(1125 - 1180)




Feast Day: November 14
Patron Saint: Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland
Fun Fact: Saint Lawrence of O'Toole, at the age of 10, was delivered by his father as a hostage to Dermod Mac Murehad, King of Leinster, who treated the child with great inhumanity, until his father obliged the tyrant to put him in the hands of the Bishop of Glendalough, in the county of Wicklow. On the death of the Bishop, he became the abbot of the monastery at the age of 25. As the holy Archbishop was going to the altar to officiate, a maniac struck him a violent blow on his head. The Saint asked for some water, blessed it and washed his wound with it and the blood immediately stopped, and the Archbishop celebrated the mass.Our Saint ended his journey on 14 November 1180 and was buried in the Church of the Abbey at EU , on the confines of Normandy. 

SAINT FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI
(15 July 1850 - 1917)




Feast Day: November 13
Patron Saint: Immigrants, hospital administrators
Fun Fact: Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini was born as Maria Francesca Cabrini on 15 July, 1850. In 1880, she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which did charity work for the poor. In 1889, Pope Leo XIII sent her to the United States, where she offered assistance to the Italian-American Immigrants. Frances passed away at the age of 67, due to complications from dysentery at the Columbus Hospital. Frances' body was originally placed at the Saint Cabrini Home. Her head is preserved in Rome. One of her arms at the National Shrine in Chicago, and rest of her body rests at a Shrine in New York. She was beatified on 13 November 1938 and canonized by Pope Pius XII on 7 July 1946 making her the first U.S citizen to be canonized. 



SAINT JOSAPHAT OF POLOTSK
(1580 - 1623)



Feast Day: November 12
Patron Saint: Polish and Ukrainian Churches
Fun Fact: Saint Josaphat Kuntsevich was born of a merchant family in the small town of Volodymyr of Lithuania in 1580 or 1584. An Eastern Rite Bishop, is held up as a martyr to Church unity because he died trying to bring part of the Orthodox Church into union with Rome. In 1867, Josaphat became the first saint of the Eastern Church to be formally canonized by Rome. After numerous miracles were claimed and reported, a commission was appointed by Pope Urban VIII in 1628. In 1637, a second commission investigated his life, and in 1643, twenty years after his death, Josaphat was beatified. He was canonized in 1867 by pope Pius IX.

SAINT MARTIN OF TOURS
(316 - 8th November 397)




Feast Day: November 11
Patron Saint: Poor, soldiers, conscientious objectors, tailors and winemakers
Fun Fact: Saint Martin of Tours was born in Savaria, Pannonia (Now Hungary). His parents were pagans, but at the age of 10, he chose to respond to the call of the Gospel and become Christian. He was ordained an exorcist and worked with great zeal against the Arians. He is one of the most popular and recognizable Catholic saints. Many miracles have been attributed to him. He even had a confrontation with Satan.

SAINT LEO THE GREAT
(4th Century - 10 November 461 AD)



Feast Day: November 10
Patron Saint: Sudden death 
Fun Fact: Saint Leo was born into a Roman aristocratic family. He was one of the greatest Popes in Christian history. He was the first Pope to be given the title 'The Great'. Saint Leo the Great, became a very well known deacon of the Church by 431. He is most remembered for issuing the Tome of Leo, a document which was a major foundation to the debates of the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon. He was the first Pope, after Saint Peter to have his remains interred in Saint Peter's Basilica. 


SAINT BENIGNUS 
(Unknown - 09 November 467 AD)




Feast Day: November 09
Patron Saint: Choir singers and conductors
Fun Fact: Saint Benignus of Armagh was the son of Sesenen. He was an Irish Chieftain in the part of Ireland that is now called County Meath. He was baptized into the Christian faith by Saint Patrick, and became his favourite disciple and his coadjutor in the Diocese of Armagh. He was a noted choral singer and arranger for liturgical music, he was called Patrick's 'Psalm Singer'. Saint Benignus had one of the most beautiful singing voices in Ireland. He evangelized at Clare, Kerry, Connaught and the Abbot of Drumlease for twenty years. He succeeded Saint Patrick as Bishop of Ireland. 

SAINT CASTORIUS
(Unknown)

Feast Day: November 08
Patron Saint: Sculptors, stone cutters and stone masons.
Fun Fact: Saint Castorius was one of the 'Four Crowned Martyrs' or 'Four Holy Crowned Ones' along with Claudius, Nicostratus, Symphorian and Simplicius. All four were stone masons from Sirmium who refused to carve the statue of a pagan God because they were Christians. They were tortured, executed by the Emperor Diocletian in Pannonia, Hungary. The Emperor ordered all four to be placed alive in coffins and thrown into the river in about 287. Simplicius was killed with them.
The designation of 'Four Crowned Martyrs' or "Four Holy Crowned Ones' refer to nine individuals venerated as martyrs and saints in the Catholic Church. The nine saints are divided into two groups: (1.) Severus, Severian, Carpophorus, Victorinus - were soldiers who refused to sacrifice to Aesculapius (2.) Claudius, Castorius, Symphorian, Nicostratus and Simplicius - (story mentioned above).




SAINT ACHILLAS OF ALEXANDRIA
(Date unknown - 313 AD)



Feast Day: November 07
Patron Saint: Alexandria, Egypt 
Fun Fact: Saint Achillas was the Bishop of Alexandria. He was renowned for his knowledge and piety. Pope Theonas had ordained him Priest and appointed him head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria. He became Archbishop of Alexandria in 312 during the Diocletian persecutions, after the repose of Peter 1 in 311. He inherited from Peter the Meletian sect. Shortly, after he became Archbishop of Alexandria, he was prevailed by supporters of Arius to not only to forgive the excommunication but also to place Arius as priest of the oldest Church in Alexandria, the Church of Bucalis, breaching the command of his predecessor, Peter 1. Achillas reposed in 313. 

SAINT LEONARD OF NOBLAC
(496 AD - 559 AD)



Feast Day: November 06
Patron Saint: Political prisoners, imprisoned people, people of war, captives, women in labor, as well as horses.
Fun Fact: Saint Leonard of Noblac is a Frankish saint closely associated with the town and abbey of Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat, in Haute Vienne, in the Limousin of France. He was born to a noble Roman family. He was educated and taught by St. Remigius of Rheims. Saint Leonard's vocation was to the monastic life. He was the abbot of the monastery of Noblac until his death in 559. 

SAINT ELIZABETH
(1st Century BC - 1st Century AD)



Feast Day: November 05
Patron Saint: Expectant mothers/pregnant women and Diocese of Fulda, Germany
Fun Fact: Saint Elizabeth was the cousin of Mary. She was the wife of Zachary, a temple priest and the mother of John the Baptist with whom she got pregnant very late in life through the grace of God. The angel Gabriel made Zachary mute because he did not believe the pregnancy news. Just as the angel foretold, Elizabeth conceived. While she was pregnant, Mary, the expectant mother of Jesus came to visit her and the baby in Elizabeth's womb leaped for joy on hearing Mary's voice. After Elizabeth gave birth and named him John, Zachary's power of speech returned. She is an honoured woman in Islam. 

SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO
(02 October 1538 - 03 November 1584)




Feast Day: November 04
Patron Saint: Bishops, Catechists, Cardinals, Seminarians, Spiritual leaders
Fun Fact: Saint Charles Borromeo was Roman Catholic Archbishop of Milan. His father was the count of Arona and his mother a member of the House of Medici. He was the third of six children. At the age of 12, he dedicated himself to to a life of service to the Church. The young count suffered from speech impediment. Despite this challenge, he performed well and impressed his teachers. Along with Saint Ignatius of Loyola, led the effort to fight the Protestant Reformation. He is credited with founding of seminaries for the education of priests. His life of work and toil began to take its toll on his health, he became ill with fever and died on 03 November 1584 at the age of 46. He was beatified on 12 May 1602 by Pope Paul V. He was canonized on 01 November 1610.


SAINT MARTIN DE PORRES
(09 December 1579 - 03 November 1639)

Feast Day: November 03
Patron Saint: Mixed race, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers.
Fun Fact: Saint Martin was born on 09 December 1579, in Lima, Peru to a Spanish nobleman and former black slave. Porres entered the Dominican clergy in 1601, although it was quite unusual at that time for someone of mixed race to received into religious order. He was known for  his vegetarian lifestyle, social work and unique healing powers and for founding a residence in Lima for orphans and abandoned children. He ministered to the poor and sick. He died in Lima, Peru on 03 November 1639.

ALL SOULS DAY

Feast Day: November 02
In Christianity, All Souls Day or the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, is a holy day set aside for honouring the dead and follows All Saints Day. The day is primarily celebrated in the Catholic Church, but it is also celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church and few denominations of Christianity. The Anglican Church is the largest Protestant Church to celebrate the holy day.
According to Catholic belief, the soul of a person who dies can go to one of three places. The first is heaven, where a person who dies in a state of perfect grace and communion with God goes. The second is hell, where those who die in a state of mortal sin are naturally condemned by their choice. The intermediate option is purgatory, which is thought to be where most people, free of mortal sin, but still in a state of venial sin, must go. Purgatory is necessary so that souls be cleansed and perfected before they enter the kingdom of heaven. Catholics believe that through the prayers of all the faithful on Earth, the dead are cleansed of their sins so they may enter into heaven.

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS


Feast Day: November 01
All Saints Day, also known as, All Hallows' Day, Hallowmas, the Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christian festival celebrated in honour of all the Saints, known and unknown. Particularly those who have no feast days of their own, in many Roman Catholic, Angelican and Protestant Churches. In many Western Churches it is celebrated on November 01st and in Eastern Churches on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
The tradition of celebrating the Saints and Martyrs has been marked by Christians ever since the 4th Century but it was only formalised for the first time in 609 AD, when Pope Bonafice IV decreed that all Martyrs should also be celebrated on 13 May during something he called the Feast of All Holy Martyrs.
In 837 AD, Pope Gregory IV extended the festival to include Saints, renaming the festival the Feast of All Saints and changing the date to November 01 and the festival has been marked on that date ever since.

SAINT WOLFGANG
(934 AD - 994 AD)



Feast Day: October 31
Patron Saint: Carpenters, wood carvers and the city of Regensburg
Fun Fact: Saint Wolfgang was a Benedictine monk and bishop born in Swabia, Germany. Wolfgang was educated at a school located at the abbey of Reichenau. There he encountered is school companion Henry, a young noble who went on to become the Archbishop of Treir. Wolfgang remained in close contact with the Archbishop, teaching in his Cathedral school and supporting his efforts to reform the clergy. After Archbishop Henry's death  in 964, Wolfgang left Treir and became a monk of the Order of Saint Benedict. He wore the habit of a monk and lived an austere life. In 994, while travelling in Austria, Wolfgang got sick and died in the village of Pupping. Miracles associated with his tomb. He got canonized in 1052. Several of Saint Wolfgang's devotee's got relief from internal bleeding, paralysis, stomach diseases and strokes. 


SAINT ALPHONSUS RODRIGUEZ
(25 July 1532 - 31 October 1617)


Feast Day: October 30
Patron Saint: Majorca
Fun Fact: Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez, S.J, was a Spanish Jesuit lay brother, native of Segovia. He inherited the family textile business at 23. Within the span of three years, his wife, daughter and mother died; meanwhile, business became poor. He sold the business and with his young son moved to his sister's home. At the death of his son years later, almost 40 then, he joined the Jesuits. For 45 years, he served as door keeper at the Jesuits' college in Majorca. His holiness and prayerfulness attracted many including Saint Peter Claver, then a Jesuit seminarian. Alphonsus died in 1617. Alphonsus was beatified in 1825 and canonized in September 1888 with Saint Peter Claver.

SAINT NARCISSUS
(99 AD - 216 AD)


Feast Day: October 29
Patron Saint: Western and Eastern Churches.
Fun Fact: Saint Narcissus was consecrated Bishop of Jerusalem in the year 180. One Holy Saturday in the church the faithful were in great trouble, because there was no oil for the lamps in the Pascal feast. Saint Narcissus, bade them to draw water from the well, prayed over it and told them pour it in their lamps. It was changed into oil. Some of this oil was preserved at Jerusalem in memory of the miracle. 
But the very virtue made him enemies, three men charged him with atrocious crime. The holy bishop had long desired a life of solitude and secretly withdrew into the desert. His accusers suffered the penalties they had invoked. Saint Narcissus returned back to Jerusalem and died in extreme old age. Bishop to the last.



SAINT JUDE 
(1st Century AD - 28 October 1st Century AD)


Feast Day: October 28
Patron Saint: Desperate cases and Lost cases 
Fun Fact: Saint Jude, known as Thaddeus, was the brother of Saint James, and a relative of our Lord. He was also one the Twelve, an Apostle of Jesus. He authored an epistle against the heresies of various groups and was martyred in Armenia. The Armenian Apostolic Church honors him along with Saint Bartholomew as its patron saints. He is often shown in icons with a flame on the head. 

SAINT FRUMENTIUS
(4th Century - 383 AD)


Feast Day: October 27
Patron Saint: Aksumite Empire
Fun Fact: Saint Frumentius called 'Abuna' or 'the father' of Ethiopia, was born in Lebanon. While on a voyage in the Red sea, Frumentius and his brother Aedesius survived a shipwreck in Eastern Africa. In Ethiopia, they attained high positions. Frumentius was a secretary and his brother Aedesius was a royal cup bearer. They introduced Christianity to that land. Frumentius was consecrated as Bishop of Ethiopia. He converted many people to Christianity before his death in 380. Frumentius and his brother Aedesius became patrons of Ethiopia.



SAINT BEAN, BISHOP OF MORTLACH
(Birth is unknown - Died in ca. 1012)



Feast Day: October 26
Patron Saint: Mortlach, Scotland
Fun Fact: Saint Bean of Mortlach, also known as Saint Bean of Aberdeen was often confused with the Irish Saint Bean. Saint Bean was the first Bishop of Mortlach, in Banffshire, was made bishop by Pope Benedict VIII. This Saint was venerated at Fowlis Wester and Kinkell, both in Perthshire. The Breviary of Aberdeen gives less known details of his life.  

SAINT DARIA
(3rd Century - c. 283)


Feast Day: October 25
Patron Saint: Germany and Austria 
Fun Fact: Saint Daria was a Greek and priestess of Minerva. Married to Chrysanthus, an Egyptian that came from a pagan family who had moved to Rome from Alexandria but was later baptized by a priest named Carpophorus. Later, he converted his wife too. Chrysanthus was denounced as a Christian to Claudius, the tribune. Chrysanthus' attitude under torture so impressed Claudius that he and his wife Hilaria, two sons and seventy of his soldiers became Christians, immediately after which the Emperor had them all killed. Daria was sent to a brothel, where she was defended by a lion, brought before Numerian, who ordered her execution, was stoned and then buried. 
When several followers of Daria and Chrysanthus were found praying at their crypt, among them Diodorus, a priest, and Marianus, a deacon, they were all entombed alive. 

SAINT ANTHONY MARY CLARET
(23 December 1807 - 24 October 1870)


Feast Day: October 24
Patron Saint: Textile Merchants, Weavers, Technical and Vocational Educators, all things Claretian.
Fun Fact: Saint Anthony Mary Claret of Spain founded the Claretians. Was a missionary to the Canary Islands, was Archbishop of Cuba where he erected a hospital and built numerous schools and founded a religious library. A strong believer in education, he distributed books wherever he reached. 
He is the patron of weavers, the Catholic Press and all things Claretian.



SAINT JOHN OF CAPISTRANO
(24 June 1386 - 23 October 1456)




Feast Day: October 23
Patron Saint: Jurists, Military Chaplains
Fun Fact: Saint John of Capistrano was born in Italy in 1385. He practiced law and appointed governor of Perugia. He studied under the Franciscans and began preaching in 1420 all through Eastern Europe and Russia.
He was appointed by the Pope to lead a large Christian army against Mohammed II. The invaders were defeated in the battle of Belgrade. 
Worn out from the battle, he was taken by the Bubonic plague. He died in 1486 in the Franciscan Monastery of Villach, Austria.
He is known as the 'Soldier Saint' and is patron of judges, lawyers and military chaplains.

SAINT POPE JOHN PAUL II
(18 May 1920 - 02 April 2005)
                                                 

Feast Day: October 22
Patron Saint: World Youth Day 
Fun Fact: Divine Mercy Sunday is the first Sunday after Easter! Pope John Paul II declared this Feast Day in his homily at the canonization of Sister Faustina on April 30, 2000.
Whoever celebrates this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and remission of punishment through God's unfathomable mercy!
Souls can celebrate this feast, by sincerely repenting of all their sins and by going to confession, receiving Holy Communion on the Feast Day. Respect Jesus as represented by the Divine Mercy painting, completely trusting our Lord Jesus Christ. And by being merciful to others through actions, words, and prayers on their behalf!