St. John Cassian

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(360-435) John is best known for writing Conferences of the Desert Fathers, in which he compiled the wisdom of the Desert Fathers — monks who lived alone or in small groups in the Egyptian desert in order to practice holiness. … Read More

St. Isabel of France

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(1224-1270) Isabel was the daughter of King Louis VIII of France, but was much more interested in religion than in royal life. She spent her wealth on the poor and supporting religious communities, and founded a monastery of Poor Clare … Read More

Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani

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(1806-1855) Young Maria had a challenging childhood. Her father was an alcoholic who got into trouble with the law, and her mother left her father, giving her up to be raised by her grandmother. Upon her grandmother’s death, she was … Read More

Blessed Josefa Naval Girbes

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(1820–1893) The Spanish lay woman who opened an embroidery workshop where young women could learn a trade while studying the Bible and praying. She spent her life caring for her family and others. According to the Carmelite Sisters of the … Read More

St. Polycarp

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(69–155) The bishop and martyr who was a disciple of Sts. John the Evangelist and Ignatius of Antioch. At the stake, the flames miraculously did not touch him.

St. Margaret of Cortona

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(1247-1297) St. Margaret of Cortona had a sad past and Cinderella-story start to life. Her mother died when she was young, and Margaret ran off with a man to escape her stepmother and father. Unfortunately her husband wasn’t a Prince … Read More

St. Robert Southwell

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(1561-1595) The Jesuit priest who secretly ministered to oppressed Catholics in Elizabethan England for six years before being caught. He was famous for his religious poetry, and wrote some of his best poems while imprisoned in the Tower of London … Read More

St. Geltrude Comensoli

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(1847-1903) St. Geltrude had a very special relationship with Jesus, committing herself to him at age 7 when she secretly left her house early in the early morning hours to receive her first holy Communion. She was a very serious … Read More

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