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Saints for Lent

The Season of Lent is a wonderful time to reflect on the lives of the saints and how they came to answer God's call.  Below you will find some of the saints whose feast days fall within the Lenten season.  Click on any of the links to learn more.

March 3 - Saint Katharine Drexel

Saint Katharine Drexel left a life of privilege to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, dedicating her life to the poor and establishing schools for Native and African American children.  [read more]

March 4: Saint Casimir

The son of the grand duke of Lithuania and king of Poland, Saint Casimir rebelled against his princely status, wore plain garments, and gave himself to Christ's poor and sick. [read more].

March 6: Saint Collette

Born in France in 1381, St. Colette was a religious reformer and follower of Saint Francis of Assisi, who founded 17 Franciscan convents and brought many others back to their original rule. [read more]

March 7: Saint Perpetua and Felicity

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity were arrested and martyred for their belief in Christ, during the persecution of Emperor Septimius Severus. Perpetua was a young noblewoman and Felicity a slave, and at the time they were imprisoned, Perpetua was a new mother, and Felicity was eight months pregnant. Together, the two women supported each other in prison, both refusing to renounce their faith. [read more]

March 9: Saint Frances of Rome

Saint Frances was known for her great charity during epidemics and civil war. She started a lay order of women attached to the Benedictines, called the Oblates of Mary. They pledged to offer themselves to God and serve the poor. [read more]

March 16: Saint Abraham Kidunaia

St. Abraham was a hermit who lived in sixth-century Syria.  Although he preferred time in solitude, the bishop sent him to Beth-Kiduna to evangelize a pagan town. At first, he was rejected and dragged away, but he continue to preach and persist, and eventually, the townspeople came to know Christ. [read more]

March 17: Saint Patrick

Although he is the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick was actually born in Roman Britain in the fifth century. When he was a teenager, he was captured and enslaved by Irish raiders.  He escaped after six years but, later, felt called to return to the Irish people to evangelize what was then a pagan country.  [read more]

March 18: Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

St. Cyril lived at the time of the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ and threatened the Church.  He would get caught up in the conflict and spend 16 years in exile.  His writings, especially those designed for new Catholics, are considered treasures of the Church. [read more]

March 19: Saint Joseph

St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is known for his faithfulness and humility, accepting the will of God even when he did not completely understand what was happening.  Although the Gospels don't tell us a lot about Joseph, we know he was from the House of David and was a carpenter by trade.  [read more]

March 23: Saint Toribio of Mogrovejo

Born to a Spanish noble family, Saint Toribio was named Archbishop of Lima, Peru, in 1580.  He traveled across the archdiocese visiting his people, often on foot and alone. He worked on reforming the clergy and wrote catechisms in native languages.  He also helped the poor and defended the rights of the native people, and he founded the first seminary in the Americas. [read more]

April 4: Saint Isidore of Seville

Saint Isidore is a doctor of the Church, known for his knowledge of the faith and his ability to share that knowledge through his teachings and writings. He is called the “Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages” for his incredible contributions to education in sixth-century Spain. [read more]

April 5: St. Vincent Ferrer

Saint Vincent Ferrer entered the Dominican Order at the time of the Great Schism, the Church's division under multiple popes, and worked tirelessly to try to end it.  He became a missionary and spent 20 years preaching throughout Europe. [read more]

April 6: Saint Crescentia Hoess

Born in 1682, Crescentia was raised by a devout family and knew from a young age that she wanted to become a nun.  Her family, however, could not afford the customary dowry, so she was initially turned away.  Through the mayor's influence, she was admitted to the convent, where she was known for her wisdom and joyful spirit. [read more]

April 7: St. John Baptiste de La Salle

Born in France in 1651, St. John Baptiste de La Salle felt called to help families who couldn't afford to send their children to school.  He is known for his innovative teaching methods and is the patron saint of teachers. [read more]

April 8: St. Julie Billiart

Saint Julie was born in 1751.  At the age of 7, she had memorized the catechism and would “play teacher” with her friends as students.  As a teenager, she was known for her virtue and piety and the villagers called her the “Saint of Cuvilly.” She worked in her father’s fields with the reapers and was fond of sitting on a haystack at lunchtime to teach them the faith. [read more]

April 11: St. Gemma Galgani

Saint Gemma Galgani, a young Italian laywoman, was a stigmatist, someone who physically experiences the wounds of Christ – the stigmata. Gemma experienced visions and other mystical graces, but she led a simple life of prayer. [read more]

April 11: St. Guthlac of Mercia

Saint Guthlac was a young man when he began to serve in the army of Mercia’s king. The army ravaged the countryside, stealing from the people. Guthlac became filled with remorse. He gave back much of what he had taken and turned to a life of solitude.  He was known for his sanctity and gift of prophecy. [read more]