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JAN. 25: THE FEAST OF ST. PAUL’S CONVERSION

St. Paul first appears on the biblical scene as Saul in the Acts of the Apostles. He was raised in the Jewish faith as a Pharisee trained in the strict observance of God’s Law. Believing they had broken away from that Law, Saul openly persecuted Christians. As the first Christian martyr Stephen was being stoned […]

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JAN. 24: ST. FRANCIS DE SALES

(1567-1622) Francis was born to an ancient noble family of Boisy, in Savoy on Aug. 21, 1567 in Thorens-Glières, France. He was privileged to attend the best French schools, then later went to study law at the University of Padua. There he discovered a definite interest in theology. He graduated with honors, returned to France […]

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JAN. 23: ST. MARIANNE COPE

(1838-1918) Today’s saint will be familiar to members of St. Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish as she can trace part of her origin story to our city and the neighboring parish of St. Joseph / St. Patrick. She also founded one of our hospitals. Her story begins, however, in Germany. Marianne was […]

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JAN. 22: ST. VINCENT OF ZARAGOZA

(Died 304 AD) Vincent was ordained deacon by his friend St. Valerius of Zaragoza in Spain. The Roman emperor had published his edicts against the clergy in 303, and the following year against the laity. Vincent and his bishop were imprisoned in Valencia. Hunger and torture failed to break them. In fact, they seemed to thrive […]

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JAN. 21: ST. AGNES

(291-304) St Agnes is among the seven women listed, together with the Blessed Virgin, embedded in the Roman Catholic Cannon of the earliest saints and martyrs. She was only 12 years old when she was led to the altar of Minerva in Rome and commanded to obey the persecuting laws of Diocletian by offering incense. […]

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JAN. 20: ST. SEBASTIAN

(256-288) St. Sebastian was a 3rd century Christian saint and a martyr. He was educated in Milan then joined the Roman Army in order to help the suffering Christians. For his incredible service to the army, Sebastian was promoted to serve in the Praetorian Guard, the elite unit of the Imperial Roman Army whose members […]

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JAN. 19: ST. FABIAN

(Died 250 AD) In the year 236, Fabian, a layman, came to Rome, perhaps out of curiosity, to witness the choosing of a new Pope. Suddenly during the discussion, a dove descended from the ceiling. The story, according to Eusebius, says the dove “settled on (Fabian’s) head as clear imitation of the descent of the […]

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JAN. 18: ST. CHARLES OF SEZZE

(1613- 1670) Born in Sezze, southeast of Rome, Charles was inspired by the lives of Salvator Horta and Paschal Baylon to become a Franciscan in 1635. He was determined to become a lay brother with a great desire to be poor and to beg alms for his love. He served as cook, porter, sacristan, gardener […]

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JAN. 17: ST. ANTONY, ABBOTT

(3rd century) Antony lost both his parents by the time he was 20 years old. He gave away his worldly goods and lived as a hermit in the desert. He established “families” of monks who under the guidance of a spiritual father, dedicated themselves to the service of God. St. Anthony is often depicted next […]

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JAN. 16: ST. MARCELLUS

(Died 310) In 304 Marcellus was elected pope, succeeding Pope St. Marcellinus, who had been tortured by the Roman emperor Diocletian. Marcellus found a church in disarray thanks to hundreds of years of persecution, as well as lapsed and disaffected followers. Three years of relative peace were given the church when Maxentius became emperor in […]