Calendar of the Saints

April 2017

  • April 04

    78

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-68), American Baptist minister and civil rights leader. Born in Atlanta January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was educated at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania, and Boston University. In 1954 he became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, and quickly found himself thrust into the leadership of a bus boycott that lasted more than a year and ended in a U.S. Supreme Court order to desegregate buses and schools. - read more
  • April 05

    26

    Pandita Ramabai

    Pandita Ramabai (1856-1922) was born in India and raised Hindu. Pandita received a thorough education at a time when females were not encouraged to go to school. She traveled around India crusading for women's rights and published two books; High Caste Indian Women was a call to feminism for Indian women. - read more
  • April 07

    22

    John Baptist de la Salle

    Born in France to a wealthy family in 1651, John Baptist de la Salle anticipated a priest's life from the time he was eleven. He was ordained in when he was twenty-seven and received a doctorate in theology in 1681. A layman asked John to help start a charity school in Reims, his home town. After de La Salle opened his home to the school's teachers he realized his life's calling to help educate the poor. John sold everything he owned and donated the money. - read more
  • April 09

    15

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor and key leader of the German Confessing Church, which opposed and encouraged resistance to Adolph Hitler's Nazi policies. Bonhoeffer was born in Germany in 1906, educated in Tubingen and Berlin, then did post-graduate studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He returned to Germany in 1931 and was soon a respected theologian and author. - read more
  • April 10

    27

    William Law

    William Law (1686-1761), English spiritual writer. Born at King's Cliffe, Law was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he became a Fellow in 1711. His refusal to swear allegiance to King George I cost him his fellowship, however. - read more
  • April 12

    17

    Clara Barton

    Clara Barton, "the Angel of the Battlefield," was born on Christmas Day, 1821. She became a teacher, founded her own school, and became the first woman to work as a clerk in the U.S. Patent Office. With the onset of the Civil War, Clara refused a governmental salary and devoted herself to care for wounded soldiers. When she discovered that many soldiers were dying because of lack of medical supplies, Barton organized donation and distribution of supplies. Because of her efforts, the U.S. Surgeon General gave her permission to visit battleground hospitals to nurse the soldiers. She was appointed Superintendent of Nurses in 1864 and worked on sixteen different battlefields, thus earning her nickname. - read more
  • April 15

    18

    Corrie Ten Boom

    Cornelia (Corrie) Ten Boom (1892-1983) grew up in a strong Christian home in the Netherlands. When her mother died, Corrie took over management of the family home, kept books for her father's watch shop, and became a licensed watchmaker herself. With her father and sister, Betsie, Corrie opened their home to needy children. - read more
  • April 15

    21

    Damien the Leper

    Joseph de Veuster was born in Belgium in 1840. He joined the Congregation of Sacred Hearts at the age of eighteen, and volunteered to be a missionary to the Sandwich Islands and later, Hawaii. Joseph became Father Damien when he was ordained in Honolulu in 1864. After working for eight years on the big island of Hawai'i, Father Damien volunteered to serve the people of the leper colony on Moloka'i. - read more
  • April 17

    146

    Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

    Juana Ines Ramirez was born in Mexico in 1648. Raised by her maternal grandparents, Juana learned to read at age three and was soon known as a prodigy. As a teenager, she went to the Mexico City court as a maid-in-waiting; Juana continued her life of scholarship and wrote poetry and sonnets. - read more
  • April 21

    134

    Anselm

    St. Anselm was born in AD 1033, and earned acclaim early in his life as a gifted preacher. He became abbot of Bec in Normandy in 1078, until 1093, when he was chosen as Archbishop of Canterbury, where he remained until his death in 1109. St. Anselm won acclaim as a theologian, using logic and reason to defend Christianity. He battled for power with King William II, as well as King Henry I, forcing the standard that while the king would choose the bishop, the Church would invest him with the spiritual signs of office. - read more
  • April 25

    4

    Mark the Evangelist

    It is widely accepted that this saint, the writer of the first gospel, is John Mark, cousin of Barnabas, and companion of Paul and Barnabas in the book of Acts (Acts 12:12 and 25). - read more
  • April 29

    16

    Catherine of Siena

    St. Catherine of Siena was born in 1347 to a family that already had 23 children. Early on, she identified herself as an activist, even cutting off her hair to show her parents that she vehemently refused to marry. She developed a habit of self-imposed solitude, only emerging for mass. When she was eighteen she joined a group of women called the Mantellate, who served the poor and sick in the community. Two years later she had a mystical experience that caused her to devote her life solely to God. - read more
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