Calendar of the Saints

December 2017

  • December 02

    144

    Sister Dorothy Kazel

    Sister Dorothy Kazel was born in Cleveland in 1939. From the time she entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1960 she reached out to disadvantaged and marginalized populations as a teacher to hearing impaired children. Papago Indians, and troubled girls. - read more
  • December 06

    Missing

    Nicholas

    In the fourth century Nicholas was the bishop of Myra (present day Turkey) in Asia Minor. He was exiled and imprisoned during the Roman Emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians, and attended the important Council of Nicaea in 325. In the sixth century Emperor Justinian I built a basilica in his honor in Constantinople. - read more
  • December 07

    128

    Ambrose

    St. Ambrose, born in AD 339, had no aspirations for the holy life. In fact, he didn't even learn any Scripture until he was thirty-five years old! Ambrose had a successful career as a lawyer, and was in fact the Governor of Milan when a riot broke out in his hometown. Since the Bishop of Milan had recently died, the task fell to Ambrose to keep the peace. In an attempt to quell the riot, Ambrose made an impassioned speech, begging both sides to use peaceful methods instead of violence. The Catholics and the Arians, who by this time were bitter enemies, were calmed by Ambrose's words of reason and logic. Suddenly someone shouted, "Ambrose for Bishop!" The chant was taken up by the crowd, and sure enough, Ambrose was made Bishop of Milan in 374. - read more
  • December 08

    Missing

    Sister Alicia Domon

    In 1967 Sister Alicia Domon, a French Sister of Foreign Mission, began her ministry in Argentina preparing mentally handicapped children for their first communion. Within two years, she left the safety of the convent and lived among the poor. Sister Alicia supported herself as a household servant as she helped landless peasants organize for change. - read more
  • December 09

    Missing

    Juan Diego

    In December, 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to a Mexican peasant named Juan Diego as he was walking to mass. The Virgin asked Juan to tell the Mexico City bishop to build a church on the hill where she appeared. Juan did as he was told, but the bishop gave no credence to his "vision" even after Mary appeared a second time. If only Juan could bring a sign of this appearance, the bishop said, his story would be more believable... - read more
  • December 10

    71

    Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton (1915-1968), American Trappist monk whose writings have immeasurably influenced current spirituality. - read more
  • December 14

    65

    John of the Cross

    John's most noted works are The Dark Night of the Soul, The Ascent of Mount Carmel, The Living Flame of Love, and The Spiritual Canticle. His enduring faith has given direction to countless souls; Teresa of Avila was his most famous student. He proposed a simple way of life: "Where there is no love, put love -- and you will find love." - read more
  • December 16

    Missing

    Anna White

    Anna White (1831-1910) grew up and was educated as a Quaker (Society of Friends). As a young adult traveling with her father, Anna met some Shakers at New Lebanon, New York, and was impressed by their style of worship. The Shakers (a nickname for those in the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing) were a Christian sect founded by Anna Lee in 1747. They lived celibate lives in self-sufficient settlements based on equality of the sexes, pacifism, ownership and were known for beautiful furniture and crafts. - read more
  • December 21

    69

    Peter Casinius

    Peter Canisius was born in 1521 in what is now Holland. Soon after he finished studies at the University of Cologne, Canisius met Peter Faber, a disciple of Ignatius Loyola, because of whose influence Canisius himself joined the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. - read more
  • December 26

    Missing

    Stephen

    In Jerusalem in A.D. 34 or 35, Stephen became the first Christian martyr. Acts 6-7 tells how Stephen, "a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit" was one of seven men selected by the twelve apostles to help spread the word of God. "Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people" (Acts 6:8). - read more
  • December 27

    64

    John

    John, son of Zebedee and Salome, and brother to James, was one of the first disciples Jesus called. James and John were "in the boat with their father ... mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him" (Matthew 4:21-22). Along with Peter, James and John formed the disciples' inner circle. - read more
  • December 29

    Missing

    Thomas Becket

    St. Thomas Becket was born in AD 1118, in London. He studied in both London and Paris, and became a great friend to King Henry II of England. In 1162, when King Henry appointed him Archbishop of Canterbury, no one was more surprised than Thomas. He took to the job right away, living meagerly so that others could have more. He proved a very powerful archbishop, and his unswerving self-confidence and stubbornness shone through in his labors. - read more
  • December 31

    67

    Melania the Younger

    Melania the Younger (named for her grandmother, Melania the Elder) was born to a wealthy Christian family in Rome in 383. She was a pious child who only wanted to give herself to God, but was married when she was thirteen to Pinianus. When their second child died, Melania convinced her husband of her vocation as a celibate. Pinianus and her widowed mother joined her in giving away their riches, setting free slaves, and working with the poor. - read more
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