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Feast Day: APRIL 28 Born near Milan, Italy, Gianna was one of 13 children in a deeply Catholic family. She wed Pietro Molla in 1955; they had three children while she continued to work as a … more
Feast Day: March 17 The patron of Ireland, this bishop was born in Roman Britain, kidnapped at 16 by Irish raiders and sold into slavery in Ireland. He was a lonely shepherd for six years before … more
Feast Day: March 9 As a girl, Catherine de’Vigri was a maid of honor at the ducal court in Ferrara, in Italy. Well-educated at court, she joined a group of Franciscan tertiaries who later became … more
Feast Day: MARCH 2 Maria de los Angeles Guerrero Gonzalez, called Angelita, grew up in Seville, Spain. With little formal education, she was placed in a cobbler’s workshop making shoes. But she … more
Feast Day: January 4 Raised Episcopalian in colonial New York City, Elizabeth married William Magee Seton, a merchant. The couple had five children. William died in 1803 in Italy, where Elizabeth … more
Feast Day: JANUARY 5 A native of Bohemia, John entered the seminary and was nearing ordination when he departed for the United States. He joined the Redemptorists and served as a priest in New … more
Feast Day: December 3 Known as the Apostle to the Indies and to Japan, Francis was born in Spanish Navarre, the youngest in a large family. He studied at the University of Paris, where he met St. … more
Feast Day: NOV. 17 Elizabeth’s short life was nonetheless full; she had a happy marriage and children, was a secular Franciscan, and was so devoted to the poor and sick that she gave away royal … more
Feast Day: October 22 When this popular pope died, crowds in St. Peter’s Square chanted “santo subito” (“sainthood now”). The Vatican heard, and the sainthood cause for the jet-setting … more
Feast Day: October 7 Dominicans and local rosary confraternities began celebrating a feast honoring Our Lady of the Rosary in the 15th century. As Christian and Turkish forces met in battle in the … more
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