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THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS

Posted on Oct 01 , 2013 in Saint of the Week

THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS

 

Therese Martin was the last of nine children born to Louis and Zelie Martin on January 2, 1873, in Alencon, France. However, only five of these children lived to reach adulthood. Precocious and sensitive, Therese needed much attention. Her mother died when she was 4 years old. As a result, her father and sisters babied young Therese. She had a spirit that wanted everything.

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PIO OF PIETRELCINA

Posted on Sep 24 , 2013 in Saint of the Week

PIO OF PIETRELCINA

 

Francesco, named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, was born to Giuseppa and Grazio Forgione, peasant farmers, in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887. From his childhood, it was evident that he was a special child of God. Francesco was very devout even as a child, and at an early age felt drawn to the priesthood. He became a Capuchin novice at the age of sixteen and received the habit in 1902. Francesco was ordained to the priesthood in 1910 after seven years of study and became known as Padre Pio.

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JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO

Posted on Sep 17 , 2013 in Saint of the Week

JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO

 

JOSEPH was born at Cupertino, in the Diocese of Nardo in the Kingdom of Naples, in 1603. After spending his childhood and adolescence in simplicity and innocence, he finally joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual. After his ordination to the holy priesthood, he gave himself up entirely to a life of humiliation, mortification, and obedience. He was most devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and promoted devotion to her among all classes of people.

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NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO

Posted on Sep 10 , 2013 in Saint of the Week

NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO

 

NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO (c. 1246 – September 10, 1306), known as the Patron of Holy Souls, was an Italian saint and mystic.  He was born Nicholas Gurrutti at Sant'Angelo in Pontano in Italy, in what was then the March of Ancona. He was the son of parents who had been childless into middle age. Compagnonus de Guarutti and Amata de Guidiani, prayed at the shrine of Saint Nicholas of Myra for his intercession, and when Amata became pregnant they named their son after the saint.

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SAINT REGINA

Posted on Sep 03 , 2013 in Saint of the Week

SAINT REGINA

 

SAINT REGINA (3rd century) was a virgin martyr and saint of the Catholic Church. Regina was born in Autun, France, to a pagan named Clement. Her mother died at her birth and her father repudiated her. She then went to live with a Christian nurse who baptized her. Regina helped out by tending the sheep. She communed with God in prayer and meditated on the lives of the saints. She was betrothed to the proconsul Olybrius, but refused to renounce her faith to marry him, for which she was tortured and was beheaded at Alesia in the Diocese of Autun, now called Alise-Sainte-Reine after her.

Her martyrdom is considered to have occurred either during the persecution of Decius, in 251, or under Maximian in 286.