Calendar of the Saints

November 2019

  • November 05


    Antoinette Brown Blackwell

    Antoinette Brown was born in New York in 1825 and grew up active in the Congregational Church. As an eight year old she decided to become a minister after hearing a visiting preacher. Church leaders made it clear that this career was not open to women. Brown graduated from Oberlin College in 1847 and studied at the Oberlin Seminary, but was refused a degree or ordination because of her gender. She served as an itinerant pastor before she was appointed pastor of a Congregational church, the first woman to serve as an appointed church pastor in the United States. - read more
  • November 11


    Lucretia Mott

    Lucretia Coffin Mott was born in Massachusetts in 1793-1880. After receiving a Quaker education, Lucretia became a teacher at the school. Her interest in women’s rights was kindled when she discovered that male teachers were paid double what women teachers received. She married fellow teacher James Mott in 1811 and became a Society of Friends minister in 1821. Lucretia and James were both active in the American Anti-Slavery Society and sheltered runaway slaves in their home. - read more
  • November 11


    Martín de Porres

    Martín de Porres was the son of a Panamanian Black freed-woman and a Spanish nobleman, but his father deserted the family when Marin and his sister were young. Even though his family was poor, Martin was known for his generous spirit. At the age of fifteen Martin joined the Dominican Brothers as a lay helper and was responsible for menial tasks at the monastery. - read more
  • November 16


    Gertrude the Great of Helfta

    St. Gertrude was born in 1256, and when she was five she went to the Benedictine convent at Helfta, Saxony. While at the convent, she studied the works of St. Augustine and St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and became a good friend to her tutor, St. Mechtild. - read more
  • November 17


    Hilda of Whitby

    Hilda of Whitby was born in 614, and when she was orphaned as a thirteen year old she became the guardian of her great-uncle, King Edwin of Northumbria. That same year, Edwin's entire household was baptized by St. Paulinius. Twenty years later, Hilda felt called to religious life as a nun. Under the direction of Aiden she established several monasteries, the last of which was at Whitby. - read more
  • November 19


    Ann Eliza Worchester Robertson

    Ann Eliza Worchester Robertson was born in 1826 to a missionary family who worked with the Cherokee Indians. Her father, Samuel Worchester, spent time in prison because he refused to leave his post as Congregational minister to the Cherokees. When members of the tribe were forced to walk 800 miles on the Trail of Tears, the Worcesters traveled with them. - read more
  • November 22


    C.S. Lewis

    The author of the beloved Chronicles of Narnia, Clives Staples Lewis, was born in 1898 in Belfast. He fought in World War I, then studied at Oxford. After his graduation Lewis taught English at Oxford and Cambridge. As a youth Lewis gave up on Christianity. In 1929 he had a reconversion to the Christian faith, though he continued to wrestle with doubt in some of his published works. - read more
  • November 24


    John Knox

    John Knox (ca. 1513-72), Scottish preacher and Reformation leader. Knox expressed his spirituality in action and a determined pragmatism. He lived in times of ecclesiastical turmoil throughout Scotland, England, and Europe. Reformers were being burned at the stake for their beliefs. Nations became embroiled in religious wars as Catholics did battle with Protestant reformers. - read more
  • November 26


    Chundra Lela

    Chundra Lela was born in Nepal in 1840, married at seven, and became a widow when she was nine. Chundra’s father taught her to read Sanskrit and educated her as a Brahmin. When she was thirteen Chundra began a pilgrimage to worship at India’s four great temples. After the seven years she spent visiting these holy places, Chundra was still not at peace, so she continued to visit holy places and shrines. She tried a variety of spiritual disciplines and served as a guru to other seekers. - read more
  • November 29


    Dorothy Day

    Dorothy Day was born in 1897 and died in 1980. She was an American Catholic social activist. Dorothy Day lived a life of radical commitment to the gospel. As a convert to Catholicism, she loved the church deeply but challenged the church to take its own message seriously. Her spirit of nonviolence and care for the poorest of the poor led her from involvement in socialism to the development of her own particular form of radical Catholicism. Her vision induced her to found the Catholic Worker movement, which survives to this day in over 120 communities across the United States. - read more
  • November 29


    Narcissa Whitman

    Narcissa Prentiss was born in 1808 in New York. When she was eleven Narcissa had a conversion and joined the Congregational Church. At sixteen, inspired by a female missionary to India, Narcissa decided she wanted to be a missionary. She was trained and worked as a teacher before offering herself as a missionary in 1834. Another would-be missionary, Dr. Marcus Whitman, proposed marriage so they could work as a team. - read more
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