Saint Bernardine of Siena

Saint Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444) was a Franciscan missionary, reformer, popular preacher, peacemaker, an is often called 'the Apostle of Italy.

Pope Saint Celestine V

Pope Saint Celestine V reigned a mere five months. The primary objective of his pontificate was to reform clergy. He abdicated on 13 December 1294, the last pope to do so until Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Saint John I

Little is known of Pope Saint John I's life before he took office as pope, except that he was born in Tuscany. After a journey to Constantinople concerning Ariansism, he was arrested by Theordric, Arian king of the Ostrogoths. Worn out by his journey and probably starved, John died in prison soon after. Pope St. John I is honored as a martyr.

Saint Paschal Baylon

Saint Paschal Baylon (24 May 1540 – 17 May 1592) was a Spanish friar (OFM). He was a mystic and contemplative, and he had frequent ecstatic visions. He would spend the night before the altar in prayer many nights. At the same time, he sought to downplay any glory that might come from this piety/ He is the patron saint of Eucharistic congresses and Eucharistic associations.

Saint Brendan

Saint Brendan, known also as St. Brendan the Voyager was an Irish missionary. According to pious legend he sailed with a company of monks in search of a land called Terra Repromissionis. Some historians believe he discovered the New World in the 6th century.

Saint Isidore the Farmer

Saint Isidore the Farmer (c. 1070 – 15 May 1130) was a Spanish day laborer known for his goodness toward the poor and animals. He is the patron of farmers, rural communities and of Madrid, Spain.

Saint Matthias the Apostle

Jesus' choice of 12 Apostles points to a consciousness of a symbolic mission—originally there were 12 tribes of Israel—that the community maintained after the Crucifixion. Acts reveals that Matthias accompanied Jesus and the Apostles from the time of the Lord's Baptism to his Ascension and that, when it became time to replace Judas, the Apostles cast lots between Matthias and another candidate, St. Joseph Barsabbas.

Our Lady of Fatima

Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children, Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia, received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria, near Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. Mary asked the children to pray the rosary for world peace, for the end of World War I, for sinners and for the conversion of Russia.

Saint Leopold Mandic

Saint Leopold Mandic (May 12, 1866 - June 30, 1942) was an ethnic Croatian. Physically malformed and delicate, having a height of only 1.35m (4'5''), with a clumsy walk and stuttering, he developed tremendous spiritual strength. He is called the Saint of Confession. His feast is celebrated May 12.

Saint Mamertus

Saint Mamertus is best remembered as he originator of the penitential practice of Rogation days. This practice is marked by processions and Psalms for the three days preceding the feast of the Ascension.