saints

SPIRITUALITY

 

PRAYERS

SAINTS

ARTICLES

 

Saint Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)

Saint Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)

St. Anthony, who was born in Lisbon, first entered religious life as an Augustinian canon in Coimbra. There one day he met a group of visiting Franciscans (St. Be- rard and his companions) on their way to Morocco. He was greatly impressed by these courageous...

read more
Saint Bonaventure (1221 -1274)

Saint Bonaventure (1221 -1274)

Bonaventure, who was born to a wealthy family in Orvieto, joined the Franciscans around 1238 in the midst of his studies at the University of Paris. St. Francis had died only some dozen years before, but already his order was rapidly changing the face of the Church in...

read more
Blessed Benedetto Sinigardi (1190–1282)

Blessed Benedetto Sinigardi (1190–1282)

Benedict Sinigardi was born to a wealthy and noble family in Arezzo. In 1211, he heard St. Francis preach in his town, and his heart was immediately won. Abandoning his life of luxury, he was welcomed into the Order of Friars Minor, receiving his habit from St....

read more
Saint Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

Saint Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

The story of St. Clare of Assisi is inevitably linked with St. Francis, the one she called her Father, Planter, and Helper in the Service of Christ. It was Francis who gave her a vision and enabled her to define a way of life apart from the options of- fered her by...

read more
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

St. Elizabeth, the daughter of Hungarian royalty, was betrothed at the age of four to Ludwig, the nine-year-old prince of Thuringia in southern Germany. Despite the arrangement, in which they had no say, the two children established a close friend- ship that...

read more
Blessed Gabriele Allegra (1907–1976)

Blessed Gabriele Allegra (1907–1976)

Known as “the St. Jerome of China”, Fr. Gabriele was born Dec. 26, 1907 in a village in the province of Catania, Sicily, and entered the Order as a youth of 16. While he was studying theology at St. Anthony’s College in Rome, an academic conference was held there on...

read more
Blessed Lady Jacoba of Settesoli (1190-1273)

Blessed Lady Jacoba of Settesoli (1190-1273)

Jacoba of Settesoli was a young widow living in Rome. From the moment she first learned about Francis of Assisi, she longed to meet him. That opportunity arose when Francis and his companions traveled to Rome to seek the pope’s approval for their new order. After...

read more
Blessed John Duns Scotus (1266 -1308)

Blessed John Duns Scotus (1266 -1308)

John Duns, later known as the Subtle Doctor, was called Scotus on account of his birth in Scotland. He entered the Franciscans at the age of fifteen and was later or- dained a priest. After studies in Oxford and Paris, he went on to hold teaching posi- tions in Paris...

read more
Saint Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663)

Saint Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663)

St. Joseph was born to a poor family in the small Italian town of Cupertino. His early life offered no evidence of any special gifts. He was considered slow-witted and easily distracted. He made several unsuccessful attempts to become a Franciscan before winning...

read more
Saint Margaret of Cortona (1247–1297)

Saint Margaret of Cortona (1247–1297)

St. Margaret was raised in a poor family in Tuscany. Following the death of her mother when Margaret was just eleven, a new stepmother turned her out of the house. Eventually, with few apparent options, she eloped with a young nobleman, who kept her as his mistress....

read more