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  • St. Ambrose
    St. Ambrose was elected Bishop of Milan in 374 and worked tirelessly in his diocese to prevent the spread of Arianism. He courageously stood against the Empress Justina and her assaults on the Church. His writings have always been highly esteemed; he is both a Church Father and a Doctor of the Church.
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria
    Because of her great wisdom, St. Catherine of Alexandria is the patron saint of philosophers. According to tradition, she converted following a vision and denounced the emperor, Maximinus. She successfully debated the pagan philosophers and converted many to Christianity. She was beheaded around the year 305 A.D, dying a virgin martyr.
  • St. Gabriel Possenti
    St. Gabriel was born in 1838 and grew up in Piedmont, Italy. Although he was very worldly in his youth, resolved to become a Passionist, in fulfillment of a promise he had made when he was seriously ill. After entering the monastery, he quickly reached a high degree of sanctity, before he died of tuberculosis at age 24.
  • St. Gemma Galagani
    St. Gemma Galgani was born in 1878 near Lucca, Italy. Prevented from joining a convent because of her poor health, St. Gemma became a third order Passionist instead. At home she lived a highly mystical life, receiving the stigmata and frequently conversing with Our Lord, Our Lady and her guardian angel.
  • St. Gregory
    St. Gregory was born in 540, in Rome, Italy. He became a Benedictine monk and was unanimously elected pope in 590. His was zealous and composed a significant amount of works. He is known for contributions of liturgy of mass and is one of the four doctors of the Latin Church.
  • St. Isidore of Seville
    St. Isidore of Seville was born in Cartagena, Spain in 560. He succeeded his brother, Leander, as Bishop of Seville where he converted the Visigoths, organized synods to manage the Spanish Church, and established seminaries in every Spanish diocese.
  • St. Jerome
    St. Jerome born in Dalmatia in 347. His legacy is that of a scholar, devout Christian, and major contributor as both a historian and letters. He was also a gifted translator, and his translation of the bible into Latin, known as the Latin Vulgate, is by far his greatest contribution.
  • St. John Bosco
    St. John Bosco was born Becchi, Italy in 1815. After having been ordained a priest, he began to work with the street urchins in Turin. Having lived in poverty himself, he treated them with the greatest kindness and compassion. He opened schools and provided shelters for the homeless boys.
  • St. Joseph Cupertino
    St. Joseph was born in Cupertino in 1603. Even as a child, he began to experience visions and ecstasies for which he would later become famous. He became a priest and a Franciscan lay brother, although he was dispensed from many of his duties, due to his frequent levitations and ecstasies, which earned him the nickname"the Flying Friar."
  • St. Lawrence
    St. Lawrence was a deacon who lived in the 3rd century, a time of great persecution of Christians in Rome. He was brought before a judge, who ordered a slow, painful death, that he be grilled over a small fire. As he was dying, St. Lawrence joke, "Turn me over, I'm done on this side."
  • St. Nicholas
    St. Nicholas dedicated his life to serving God as a priest, and then as a bishop. One of the best known stories of St. Nicholas is one where he saved three girls from slavery by paying their dowry. His legends led way to his being associated with Santa Claus.
  • St. Philomena
    St. Philomena was a Greek princess in the 3rd century who was martyred at a young age. She refused Emperor Diocletian and was subject to torture. She was eventually decapitated. Her tomb was discovered in the nineteenth century.
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
    St. Thomas Aquinas is best known for his extraordinary intellect, beautiful and intricate writings, and devout example of a virtuous life. A Dominican friar, St. Thomas Aquinas preached and taught the truths of the Faith to all people. Later declared a Do
    St. Thomas Aquinas is often featured with particular symbols in artwork. Some of the most common symbols seen with him are a dove speaking into his ear, a book, a star or the sun, an ox, or an image of him teaching. The dove speaking into his ear represents the divine guidance he received while writing. The book is to represent the many works he penned. The star or sun is to show the light of his intellect, as well as the divine light which inspired his writing. The ox is in reference to the nickname he received from his classmates - “the dumb ox.” And of course, the image of him teaching is to show both that he was a professor and preacher who taught people in person, but also that his writings continue to teach and inspire people today.
  • St. Ursula
    St. Ursula, a Christian princess, had embarked on a pilgrimage to Rome with her companions to avoid an arranged marriage to a pagan king, desiring instead to remain a virgin. They were all martyred by Huns in Cologne while returning from the pilgrimage.