Saint Simeon, the second Bishop of Jerusalem, was the son of Cleophas, otherwise called Alpheus, who was father also of Saint James the Lesser, the first bishop of Jerusalem, of Saint Jude the Apostle, and of another son named Joseph. Alpheus, according to tradition, was Saint Joseph’s brother; thus Saint Simeon was the nephew of Saint Joseph and the cousin of our Saviour. He was crucified in 107 a.d. in his extreme old age.
These seven saints lived in the thirteenth century. They were all from Florence, Italy. Each had a great love for Mary, the Mother of God. They were active members of a confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Saint Onesimus lived in the first century. He was a slave referenced in St. Paul's letter to Philemon who robbed his master and ran away to Rome. In Rome he went to see the great apostle, St. Paul, who was a prisoner for his faith. Paul received St. Onesimus with the kindness and love of a good father. Paul helped the young man realize he had done wrong to steal. But more than that, he led St. Onesimus to believe in and accept the Christian faith.
Jesuit missionary, ascetical writer, spiritual director to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. He died in 1682.
Saints Cyril & Methodius were brothers and are considered the Apostles of the Slavs. Pope John Paul II named them Co-Patrons of Europe (along with St. Benedict). They conducted tireless missionary work and composed a slavic liturgy. St. Cyril create the Cyrillic Alphabet.
Saint Agabus the Prophet, one of the seventy disciples, and martyr. The seventy disciples were chosen by the Lord to go before Him to preach the gospel. St. Agabus was with the twelve disciples in the upper room on the day of Pentecost, and he was filled with the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
Saint Julian and his wife built an inn for travelers near a wide river, and a hospital for the poor. He gave help to a leper in his own bed and the leper turned out to be a angel from God who had been sent to test him. He is the patron of hotel keepers, travelers, and boatmen.
On February 11, 1858, a young lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. This began a series of visions. During the apparition on March 25, the lady identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”
Saint Scholastica (480-543), sister of Saint Benedict, consecrated her life to God from her earliest youth. After her brother went to Monte Cassino, where he established his famous monastery, she took up her abode in the neighborhood at Plombariola, where she founded and governed a monastery of nuns, about five miles from that of St. Benedict, who, it appears, also directed his sister and her nuns.
Saint Maroun was a 5th century Syriac Christian monk who after his death was followed by a religious movement that became known as the Maronites. He was a priest that later became a hermit. His holiness and miracles attracted many followers and drew attention throughout the empire.