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Saints related to Patron-of-families

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    Name
    Short Bio
    Appearance
  • St. Francis of Assisi
    St. Francis was born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone in 1181 to a wealthy cloth merchant. He was headed to war when he received a vision from God, so he devoted his life to preaching about God while living in poverty.
    Appearance: In artwork, St. Francis is usually pictured wearing the brown robes, often with patches, symbolizing his life of poverty. Many times he is accompanied by animals, particularly birds and a wolf, recalling events in his life.
  • St. Joseph
    Most people recognize St. Joseph for his role in the Christmas story, as the husband of the Virgin Mary as well as the foster father of Jesus. Because of his blessed death, assisted by the Child Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph is the patron of a happy death.
    Typically shown as a robed and bearded man. Often shown with carpentry tools, a lily and the child Jesus.
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe
    St. Maximilian Kolbe was born in Poland in 1894. He was a Franciscan priest and missionary to Japan. He was arrested by the Nazis in 1939 when they invaded Poland. He was released and arrested again, and this time was sent to Auschwitz. He died in 1941 in lieu of a man who was to be killed in retribution for a prisoner escape.
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