Calendar of the Saints

  • July 03



    We can identify with the apostle, Thomas. He wears his heart on his sleeve and shows what he is thinking and feeling as he listens to Jesus and takes seriously all that his master says. Thomas pledges himself ready to die with Jesus (John 11:16), and is unafraid to admit, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" (John 14:5) - read more
  • July 09


    Alice Paul

    Alice Paul (1885-1977) was a leader in the woman's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family, Alice graduated from Swarthmore College, and continued her education in social work, sociology, and economics. - read more
  • July 11


    Benedict of Nursia

    Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480-547), monastic founder. At the time of Benedict's birth in the small town of Nursia about seventy miles northeast of Rome, the empire was crumbling. As a young man pursuing a liberal education in Rome, Benedict became disgusted by the debauchery and meaningless existence of many of his contemporaries. He abandoned his studies, became a solitary monk in a cave above Lake Subiaco, and soon attracted others on a serious quest for God. - read more
  • July 14


    Camillus de Lellis

    Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614) was born in Naples and grew to be a tall man (6' 6"). While fighting with the Venetian army as a young man, he contracted an incurable leg disease that shaped his life and faith until his death. Around 1575 his gambling addiction left him destitute. When he converted to Christianity he attempted to join three different orders of brothers, but was rejected because of his badly abscessed legs. - read more
  • July 14


    Kateri Tekakwitha

    Because of her bout with smallpox, Kateri was never in full health. She died on April 17, 1680 at the age of twenty-four. Her last words were, "Jesus, I love you." Several witnesses to her death testified that as soon as she died, her scarred face was miraculously healed. Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church. - read more
  • July 15



    St. Bonaventure got his name (which means "good fortune" in Italian) while still an infant, when St. Francis of Assisi cried out in joy upon foreseeing the baby's future greatness. Bonaventure did not disappoint. He joined the Franciscan order in 1242 and went to Paris to complete his studies. He became friends with St. Thomas Aquinas and was elected master-general of the Franciscans in 1257. He labored tirelessly to unite the factions within the order. - read more
  • July 18


    Dorothea Dix

    Dorothea Dix was born April 4, 1802 into an unstable family. Because of her own tumultuous childhood, Dorothea decided to become a teacher and opened a school for disadvantaged children. A siege of tuberculosis ended her teaching career. - read more
  • July 22


    Mary Magdalene

    According to Luke 8:2, Mary Magdalene was healed of seven demons by Jesus, and then became a loyal member of Jesus' inner circle of friends. Mary Magdalene was one of Jesus' early followers, a faithful disciple who stood at the cross while Jesus died, was present as his burial, then went to his tomb on Easter Sunday morning to anoint his body. Mary Magdalene is featured in five of the six biblical passages about the resurrection. In Matthew, Mark, and John's accounts, she encountered the living Christ on that first Easter morning. (Luke says she and the other women spoke with two angels at the tomb.) As a witness to his resurrection she proclaimed, "I have seen the Lord" to the other (male) apostles. - read more
  • July 24


    Bridget of Sweden

    St. Bridget of Sweden was born into nobility in 1303, and early on developed a love for meditating on Christ. All throughout her life she was visited by prophetic visions, often of Christ himself. Using her prophecies, she served as counselor to kings and popes, condemning as readily as she praised. - read more
  • July 24


    Thomas à Kempis

    Thomas à Kempis lived from 1380–1471. He was an Augustinian monk and writer. Thomas Hemerken was born in Kempen, near Düsseldorf, Germany. At thirteen he left his home to study in Deventer under Florent Radewijns, who had been an early disciple of Gerhard Groote, founder of the movement called devotio moderna, or New Devotion, and of the Brethren of the Common Life in Windesheim. - read more
  • July 25


    James the Great

    James, son of Zebedee and Salome, and brother to John, 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). This James is distinguished as James the Great since there were other followers named James. - read more
  • July 31


    Ignatius of Loyola

    Ignatius of Loyola lived from 1491 to 1556. He was a Catholic reformer, mystic, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Ignatius was born into the noble house of Loyola in the Basque area of Spain. In 1517 he did what was expected of one of his class and joined the army. In 1521, during a skirmish with the French, a cannonball shattered his right leg. After two surgeries he spent months convalescing. - read more
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