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  • St. Bernadette
    At the age of fourteen, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette several times, with a message of prayer, penance, and a request that a shrine be built at Lourdes. Because of the apparitions, St. Bernadette was ridiculed and even harassed by the police, but she remained constant despite such difficulties.
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  • St. Catherine of Siena
    St. Catherine was born in Italy in 1347. Although she had no formal education, she became the adviser to princes and popes, even admonishing the pope to return the papacy to Rome. Because of her mystical writings, she is a doctor of the Church.
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  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
    The first saint born in America, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born in New York City in 1774. After the death of her husband, she converted to Catholicism. She began educating children, founding a free Catholic school. She also founded the Sisters of Charity, the first American religious community for women.
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  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary was born in 1207, daughter of the King. She was happily married and was known for her generous acts of charity towards the poor and sick. At the death of her husband, she devoted her life fully to prayer and works of charity.
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  • St. Frances of Rome
    St. Frances was born in Rome in 1384 to a wealthy family. Although she wanted to become a nun, her father had her marry a nobleman. She was the mother of three children and spent her time serving the sick and the poor. She also founded the Oblates of Mary, a lay order of women.
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  • St. Joan of Arc
    When St. Joan of Arc was 16, heavenly voices revealed to her that God wanted her to save France. She courageously led French forces to a number of victories over the English in the Hundred Years War. Eventually, the English took her prisoner and tried her for heresy. She was convicted on false evidence and burned as a heretic. It wasn't until 500 years after her death that she was finally canonized.
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  • St. Kateri
    The first Native American to be canonized, St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born in 1656, Baptized when she turned 20, Kateri lived a life of prayer with Indian converts in Canada. Referred to as "Lily of the Mohawks," she established ministries in North American Catholic churches.
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  • St. Margaret of Cortona
    St. Margaret of Cortona was born in 1247. She eloped with a nobleman after her father remarried. Her lover died nine years later, and she and her son took refuge with the Franciscan Friars in Cortona. She became a Franciscan tertiary and cared for the sick poor, later forming a congregation of Tertiary Sisters known as le Poverelle and founding a hospital. She died in 1297.
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  • St. Mary Magdalene
    Christ cleansed St. Mary Magdalene of seven evil demons, which began her repentance and love for Christ. She is the woman who washed Jesus's feet with her tears and anointed them with expensive perfume. She is also the woman who went to the tomb and saw Jesus.
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  • St. Rose
    St. Rose of Lima was born on April 20, 1586. She took a vow of chastity and helped her parents and other poor by embroidering. She was a mystic and a visionary, and suffered many mental and physical afflictions. She died at Lima on Aug. 24, 1617.
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  • St. Teresa of Avila
    Saint Teresa of Avila was born on March 28, 1515 in what is now Spain. At 17 she left home without informing anyone and entered a Carmelite house. Saint Teresa is best known for her extensive writings on the Counter Reformation and prayer life. She died on October 4, 1582.
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  • St. Zita
    St. Zita was born around 1212 in Monte Sagriti to a poor family. At age 12, Zita became a maid in a wealthy weaver's family at Lucca, Italy and remained in their employ for nearly 50 years. Her flexible schedule allowed her to serve the poor and sick. She died of natural causes in 1272.
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