St. John Climacus

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(579-649) John was a Byzantine monk who wrote The Ladder of Divine Ascent, which describes 30 steps to holiness. Once, when his fellow monks criticized him for being too chatty, he stayed silent for an entire year!

St. Tutilo of Gall

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(850-915) St. Tutillo was a large, friendly Irish monk known for his talent as a boxer. However, he became most famous for his excellent work as a musician, composer, wood carver, and painter. He was an astronomer and mathematician, too, … Read More

St. John of Egypt

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(304-394) One of the early Desert Fathers, John built a small cell in the desert and walled himself in, leaving only a small window 
to receive visits from 
the many people who came seeking healing or wisdom from him. Even … Read More

St. Margaret Clitherow

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(1556-1586) Margaret entered the Catholic Church at a time when it was illegal to be Catholic in England. She was sent to prison three times for not attending the English church and used her wealth to hide Catholic priests from … Read More

Blessed Oscar Romero

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(1917-1980) In radio broadcasts to the country, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador supported reforms to lift people out of poverty and commanded government soldiers to stop killing people. He was shot and killed by the government death squad while … Read More

St. Turibius of Mogrovejo

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(1538-1606) Turibius was a brilliant lawyer and a holy and just man who was made bishop of Peru against his will. When he arrived there from Spain, he found both the Spanish rulers persecuting the native peoples, and the priests … Read More

St. Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello

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(1791-1858) Together with her husband, Giovanni Battista Frassinello, Benedetta helped poor and abandoned girls in Pavia, Italy, by giving them the sort of high-quality education that usually only the wealthy could afford. She is considered a pioneer in the education … Read More

St. Wulfran

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(d. 720) In 682, the local archbishop died, and the other clergy in the area along with the citizens chose Wulfran to become the new bishop. For two-and-a-half years he faithfully served as the bishop, but his heart longed to … Read More

St. Maria Josefa Sancho de Guerra

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(1842-1912) After struggling to find a religious community to join, Maria decided to start a new religious community: the Institute of the Servants of Jesus. The community devoted itself to the care of the sick. St. Maria Josefa is the … Read More

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