St. Juliana of Bologna

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(d. 435) A wife, mother and devotee to the care of the poor. Her husband left her for the priesthood after she gave birth to her fourth child. Interestingly, she’s the one who became the saint!

St. Paul Miki and companions

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(d. 1597) Paul Miki was a Japanese Jesuit novice whose preaching had helped spread the Christian faith in Japan. When Japanese leaders outlawed Christianity, he was one of 26 Christians crucified. Preaching from the cross, he said: “My religion teaches me to pardon … Read More

St. Agatha

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(231-251) One of the most popular of the early virgin martyrs, and patroness of protection from fire and earthquakes. She lived in the third century during a time of Christian persecution. She was arrested by a man who was angry with … Read More

St. Joseph of Leonissa

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(1556-1612) The Capuchin priest and preacher who ministered to Christian slaves, often offering himself in their place. “He was very solicitous in ministering to the captive Christians in the galleys,” according to the 1910 Catholic Encyclopedia. “Every day he went into the … Read More

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