Saints related to Patron-of-the-sick

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  • St. Angela Merici
    St. Angela Merici started her religious life as a Franciscan tertiary, but soon she found her vocation in instructing young girls, teaching them the truths of the Faith. She established a school and founded the Ursuline sisters, an order of teaching nuns, the first of its kind.
  • St. Camillus
    St. Camillus de Lellis was born in Bocchianico, Italy. In his youth, he was a soldier and fought with the Venetian army against the Turks. Eventually St. Camillus experienced a conversion, and overcoming his gambling addiction, he began to help the sick. He founded the Ministers of the Sick and several hospitals in Rome and Naples.
  • 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.
  • St. Julie Billiart
    St. Julie Billiart was born in to French peasant farmers in 1751. She took a private vow of chastity when she was 14. In 1803, Saint Julie Billiart devoted her lifework to the education of young girls and began the Institute of Notre Dame.
  • St. Lidwina of Schiedam
    A mystic and stigmatist, St. Lidwina of Schiedam was born into a poor country family in Holland in 1380. Her life was one of prolonged pain and suffering, which began she had a skating accident in her youth, which later left her paralyzed. In addition to participating mystically in Christ's passion
  • St. Louis
    Saint Louis was born in 1214 to King Louis VII and the saintly Queen Blanche. Greatly influenced by his mother, he was considered pious even from his youth. At age 22, he ascended to the throne and ruled France justly, helping the poor and promoting the Christian faith.
  • St. Louise
    St. Louise de Marillac was born in Meux, France in 1591. After her husband passed away, she helped organize a group of women volunteers to assist St. Vincent de Paul in caring for the poor. In 1634, St. Louise and the women took her vows, forming the Sisters of Charity, St. Louise as the first Superior.
  • St. Lucy
    St. Lucy lived in Syracuse in the early fourth century and was a virgin martyr of the Diocletian persecution. Refusing to marry a pagan, St. Lucy was turned over to the governor and she was tortured and killed. According to legend, as part of her tortures, her eyes were put out.
  • St. Michael the Archangel
    St. Michael is one of the best loved of all saints in the Catholic tradition because of his strength and dedication to God. Many people make a daily practice of praying the “Saint Michael Prayer,” which asks St. Michael to be a defender and protector. St. Michael is the patron of numerous things, including police officers and those in the military.
    Winged angel typically in roman centurion garb, holding a sword. Often shown standing with his foot on the Devil's head
  • St. Peregrine
    St. Peregrine Laziosi was born into wealth and privilege in Forli, Italy. He was vehemently opposed to the Catholic Church in his youth. St. Peregrine converted to Christianity after experiencing St. Philip's humility and forgiveness. St. Peregrine joined the Servite Order in Siena and eventually founded a monastery in his hometown. He died in 1345.
  • St. Rafqa
    Saint Rebecca Pierrette Ar-Rayes, also known as Saint Rafka, was born in Lebanon in 1832. At age 21, she joined the Order of the Immaculate Conception despite her father's objections. When her order combined with another order, she joined the Order of Saint Anthony of Maronites. She prayed to share in the sufferings of Christ, and slowly went blind and became paralyzed. She was granted one hour of sight before her death so that she could see her Mother Superior. She died in 1914.
  • St. Raphael the Archangel
    St Raphael is one of the three Archangels mentioned in Sacred Scripture, along with Gabriel and Michael. His best known appearance is in the Old Testament book of Tobit. During this book, he does several works of healing. He is traditionally attributed as the Angel in John who stirred the waters of Bethsaida.
  • St. Rita
    St. Rita was married at any early age to an abusive husband for more than 18 years and had two sons by him. He was killed in a feud. Her two sons also died. After their death, she entered the convent in Cascia, where she lived until she died.
  • 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.
  • St. Therese of Lisieux
    St. Therese of Lisieux was born January 2, 1873, in Alençon, France. She entered the convent taking the name Sr. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. She was asked by her superior to write her story, which became a book, published after her death, entitled "Story of a Soul".