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STORIES OF SAINTS

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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St. Titus of Crete

FEBRUARY 6 is the traditional memorial of ST. TITUS, BISHOP OF CRETE. Titus was a Greek native of Antioch, who was well trained in Greek philosophy and poetry. He was converted by Paul and served as Paul's interpreter and secretary, at first. As time went on, Titus became troubleshooter, peacemaker, administrator and missionary. Paul consecr...

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A Russian Evangelist: St. Sergius of Radonezh

Saint Sergius was known as a spiritual leader, a monastic reformer of medieval Russia and one of the most highly venerated saints of Russia. Born May 13, 1314, this man was baptized Bartholomew, after the Apostle Bartholomew. His parents were Kiril and Maria, members of the highest ranking of Russian feudal aristocracies, big land owners. He ...

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SAINT EUPHRASIA

MARCH 13 is the traditional memorial of ST. EUPHRASIA (+410). Husband and wife, Antigonus and Euphrasia, noble and of royal blood, were a young couple. He was in the employment of Emperor Theodosius the Younger. After the birth of their daughter, Euphrasia, the couple chose to live a chaste life and engage in acts of alms-giving and penance, ...

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SAINT JOHN OF GOD

MARCH 8 is the traditional feast day of St. John of God (+1550). The story of this saint's life has got to be the story of one of the most impulsive men ever to have lived. John was this way from a very young age. When he was only eight, an itinerant priest came to his village in Portugal. He was so impressed by the teaching that he ran...

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SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS

MARCH 7 is the traditional feast day of ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (+1274), this being the anniversary of his death. However, in 1969, it was decided that since the date usually fell in Lent, they would change his feast day to January 28. However, we will discuss him today. Thomas was born of a moderately well to do family whose parents were Landulf...

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SAINT ANGELA OF FOLIGNO

FEBRUARY 28 is the traditional memorial of SAINT ANGELA OF FOLIGNO (+1309). It is celebrated by the Franciscan Tertiaries and Regulars on January 4, but in the United States on January 7. Although she died in 1309, she was not beatified until 1701, despite years of veneration. Pope Francis declared her a saint on October 9, 2013, by equivocal ...

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ST. MARGARET OF CORTONA

FEBRUARY 22 is the traditional feast day of ST. MARGARET OF CORTONA (+1297). Margaret was born in Loviana, Tuscany in 1247. It was a time of renewal and revolt. The Dominicans and the Franciscans were new. There were always soldiers about due to the various local wars and international wars crisscrossing the Italian peninsula. Dante and Tho...

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