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STORIES OF SAINTS

St. Joseph of Cupertino

SEPTEMBER 18 is the traditional memorial of ST. JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO (+1663). St. Joseph, born in the kingdom of Naples in 1603, is known as the patron saint of air travelers, pilots and the learning disabled. Read on to see why. Our saint was born Giuseppe Maria Desa. His parents were not well to do and his father died in great debt before...

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Saint Hildegard

SEPTEMBER 17 is the traditional memorial of ST. HILDEGARD (+1179). The youngest of at least seven children born to a lower noble family, Hildegard was born about 1098, in Bockelheim, West Franconia, Germany. A fragile, sickly child, she was said to have visions even then. Hildegard was fostered out to a woman named Jutta where she learned th...

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St. Eulogius, Patriarch of Alexandria

SEPTEMBER 13 is the traditional memorial of ST. EULOGIUS, PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA (+c. 607). Eulogius was born in Antioch, Syria and became a priest and monk. Well-educated, Eulogius studied the literature and science of the day. He was a Biblical scholar and studied well the writings of the ancient fathers. He became the abbot of Mother of God ...

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St. Raymond Nonnatus

AUGUST 31 is the traditional memorial of ST. RAYMOND CARDINAL NONNATUS (+1240). He was from Catalonia, Spain. Now, Nonnatus is not a Spanish surname. It actually means “not born”. Raymond was born by cesarean section as his mother died. The horrible event stayed with him. As an adult, he joined the Mercedarian order, which was established to ...

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St. Rose of Lima

AUGUST 30 is the traditional memorial of ST. ROSE OF LIMA (+1617). Rose was the first native-born person of the western hemisphere ever canonized. Rose was the daughter of a Spanish cavalry officer and a native Indian woman. She was born Isabella Flores de Oliva. “Rose” was a nickname from childhood and the name she took at her confirmation....

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St. Philip Benizi

AUGUST 23 is the traditional memorial of ST. PHILIP BENIZI (+1285). Philip was a precocious genius and his education moved to the University of Paris at 13. Later, he attended the University of Padua, where he studied medicine. After completing his course, he practiced as a doctor in Florence for a year, working among the poor. His heart was ide...

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St. Bernard of Clairvaux

AUGUST 20 is the traditional memorial of ST. BERNARD (+1153). Bernard is known as one of the preeminent Doctors of the Church. In the early Middle Ages, Christianity was almost exclusively the sacraments. Bernard, as a young student, studied literature and grew to see Jesus, and His mother Mary, as people who led model lives that should be i...

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St. Stephen of Hungary

AUGUST 16 is the traditional memorial of St. Stephen of Hungary (+1038). Stephen was of the new generation of Magyars who were baptized as children. The Magyars were rather newly arrived from the Urals of middle Russia. His father, a duke of an area around the Danube, converted to Christianity along with his ten-year old son. Stephen married ...

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St Clare

August 12 is the traditional memorial of St. Clare (+1253). It was changed to August 11, the day of her death, in 1970. Clare was the daughter of Favorino Sciffi, the Count of Sasso-Rosso and his wife, Ortolana. Ortolana was a very devout woman who went on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Spain and Rome. Clare was brought up to be a devout c...

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St. Peter Faber (Favre)

Peter Favre was a born into a small farming community in the Duchy of Savoy, the French Alps. He was a shepherd from a young age, and had no early formal education but he had a remarkable memory, being able to repeat verbatim what he heard, hours later. Eventually, he was entrusted to a priest in a nearby village for his primary education a...

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