Calendar of the Saints

  • March 01

    97

    David of Wales

    As popular as he has been for centuries, there is little proven fact about David of Wales' life. According to legend, David (also called Dafydd, Degui, Dmui and Dewi) was the son of King Sant of South Wales. He founded the monastery of Mynyw (Menevia) in Pembrokeshire and became its abbot and bishop. David is credited for spreading Christianity throughout Wales much as Patrick did in Ireland. - read more
  • March 02

    132

    Anne Frank

    Anneliese Marie Frank only lived fourteen years, but the diary she kept while in hiding from the Nazis remains a testament of the human spirit that inspires people around the globe. - read more
  • March 03

    100

    Katherine Drexel

    Katherine Drexel was born in 1858 into a wealthy Philadelphia family. Katherine's parents were generous with their wealth and encouraged their daughters to care for less fortunate citizens. Even though she was a social debutante and inherited $14,000,000 when her father died, Katherine was attracted to the spiritual life and saw her wealth as a way to give back to God. - read more
  • March 03

    33

    John Wesley

    John Wesley (1703-91), cofounder (with brother Charles Wesley) of the Methodist movement, Anglican priest, Oxford fellow, theologian, author, publisher, evangelist, and itinerant preacher. - read more
  • March 06

    Missing

    Maria Solares

    Maria Solares was born in a Chumash village in southern California in 1842. Maria grew up by the Mission Santa Ynez, where her father served as mayor, and learned about her Chumash heritage and the Catholic religion. When the Mexican government secularized the missions, mission lands which had belonged to the Chumash before the missions were built were given away or sold, leaving the Chumash people in poverty. Their tribe had been decimated by disease earlier (Maria had survived a cholera epidemic) and now lost their homelands. - read more
  • March 07

    105

    Perpetua and Felicity

    In 202, the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus forbade his citizens to convert to Christianity or Judaism. Vibia Perpetua, a young noblewoman, wife and mother in Carthage, was arrested and imprisoned because of her Christian faith. Arrested with her was Felicity, her pregnant slave. InThe Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas, Perpetua recounts her imprisonment, giving earthy details of her feelings about her family and breastfeeding, as well as illustrating her faith and telling of visions she received. - read more
  • March 08

    25

    John of God

    John of God, born in Portugal in 1495, worked as a shepherd and mercenary soldier before he had experienced conversion when he was forty. John decided to try to ransom Christian slaves held by Moors by giving himself in another's place. A Franciscan priest convinced him to find a more practical way to serve God. - read more
  • March 10

    98

    Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1821. At age eight, she was already working for her Maryland owner. When she was thirteen, an overseer hit her in the head with a two-pound weight; she suffered from seizures the rest of her life. In 1844 she married John Tubman, a free black man. In 1849 Harriet escaped north to Philadelphia with the help of the Underground Railroad network. On over nineteen return trips to the south, Harriet helped more than three hundred other slaves escape to freedom, including some of her own family, earning herself the name "the Moses of her people." - read more
  • March 17

    104

    Patrick of Ireland

    British-born Patrick was captured by Irish pirates when he was sixteen and taken to Ireland as a slave. During this difficult time of his life when he was forced to herd livestock in the mountains, the youth drew strength from his Christian faith. When he was able to escape six years later he somehow found his way home to England. The young Patrick, much-changed by his years as a captive, decided to study for the priesthood. - read more
  • March 18

    101

    Louisa Jaques

    Born in South Africa in 1901, Louisa Jaques was an unlikely recipient of visions from God. After he mother died at her birth, Louisa and her sisters were taken to Switzerland to be raised by an aunt. As a young adult she began attending a Catholic church and was baptized on March 18, 1928. Louisa felt herself drawn to religious life in a contemplative convent but because of her poor health, several convents turned down her request to join them. When she was finally accepted in a Poor Clare convent she took the name Sister Mary of the Trinity. - read more
  • March 19

    99

    Joseph

    The gospel of Matthew shows us the character of the man who helped raise Jesus, his earthly father, Joseph. Confronted with Mary's unexpected pregnancy, Joseph chooses to honor the betrothal rather than shame Mary by divorcing her. Only after the carpenter has made this difficult decision does an angel of God comes to him to explain how God is working in Mary's pregnancy. - read more
  • March 20

    96

    Cuthbert of Lindisfarne

    As a boy growing up in northern England, Cuthbert was working as a shepherd when he thought he saw angels carrying Aidan's soul into heaven. He went to the monastery at Melrose and asked for admittance. Within ten years Cuthbert was the prior where he was known for his kind spirit. In 664 he became prior of Lindisfarne and spent the next twelve years evangelizing Northumbria. - read more
  • March 25

    102

    Margaret Clitherow

    Margaret Clitherow (1556-1586) was raised as a Protestant in sixteenth century England, but converted to Catholicism at a time when many laws repressed the Catholic faith. Margaret hid priests and hosted mass in a secret room in her home. She did not try to keep her faith secret. She prayed long hours each day and routinely fasted, despite her busy life as a wife, mother of three, and businesswoman. - read more
  • March 30

    145

    Sister Thea Bowman

    The granddaughter of slaves, Bertha Bowman (1937-1990) was born in rural Mississippi, raised Methodist, but baptized Catholic at age ten. When she was sixteen, Bertha entered the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration community and became the only African-American in the white order. Sister Thea Bowman said, "I bring my whole history, my traditions, my experience, my culture, my African-American song and dance and gesture and movement and teaching, and preaching and healing and responsibility as a gift to the Church." - read more
  • March 30

    24

    John Climacus

    John Climacus (ca. 579-649), Orthodox monk and spiritual writer. At age sixteen John Climacus joined the monks at Mount Sinai and pursued the common life. After taking final vows at age nineteen or twenty, John retired into solitude as a hermit at Tholos, near Mount Sinai, where he claimed to receive the gift of tears and the grace of unceasing prayer. After forty years at Tholus, he was elected abbot of Sinai, and while serving there he wrote his famous The Ladder of Divine Ascent. From then on he has been known as John of the Ladder, Climacus in Latin. - read more
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