Calendar of the Saints

September 2019

  • September 04


    Albert Schweitzer

    Albert Schweitzer, (1875-1985), biblical scholar, organist, biographer of J. S. Bach, and medical missionary in Africa, perhaps the single best-known Protestant figure of the twentieth century. He was born in Alsace, a part of France claimed by Germany, and was himself a German citizen. He became a leader in the nineteenth-century movement that sought to discover the historical Jesus behind the Gospel accounts. But he gave up the life of scholarship to follow his sense of call to serve the people of Africa. - read more
  • September 05


    Mother Teresa of Calcutta

    Born in 1910, Mother Teresa knew early on that she was called to help the poor. She became a nun and taught at a girls' college in Calcutta until 1946, when she left her convent to help the poorest of the poor while living among them. In her Home for Dying Destitutes, she provided a shelter where the poor could die in dignity. - read more
  • September 13


    John Chrysostom

    St. John Chrysostom was born a Christian in 347, but was taught rhetoric and oratory by Libanius, who was a pagan. As his name indicates ("chrysostom" is Greek for "golden-mouthed"), John was an amazing speaker. Many of his sermons were meant to convert, and did so, with stunning success. John spent six years as a monk in the wilderness, but when he became too weak he was taken back to his native city of Antioch to serve the Church. - read more
  • September 15


    Catherine of Genoa

    St. Catherine of Genoa was born in 1447. When she was sixteen she was betrothed to Julian Adorno, who was known to be a spendthrift and less than faithful, already having a mistress and a child. Catherine entered a period of severe depression. But in 1473, she prayed to God for help, and had an emotional experience that changed her life. So powerful was this experience that Catherine could not move for days. She spent the next year in penance and tireless service to the poor. - read more
  • September 17


    Hildegard of Bingen

    St. Hildegard began having visions in 1101, when she was just three years old. When she was eight, she joined a Benedictine monastery, and took her vows there at age fifteen. In 1136 Hildegard was elected abbess, and began writing and composing hymns. Her most famous work is Scivias (short for Scito vias Domini, or "Know the Ways of the Lord"), in which she detailed twenty-six of her revelations. - read more
  • September 21



    Because the Gospel of Matthew ends with the disciples being sent out into the world, Matthew is known as the patron saint of the church's mission. He is also considered patron saint of ships, hospitals, and alcoholics. - read more
  • September 28



    St. Leoba was an educated holy woman in the Middle Ages. As if that wasn't enough to make her stand out among her contemporaries, she also served as an advisor to kings and queens. Just before Leoba was born, her mother dreamed that the child would do great service for the Church, and Leoba didn't disappoint. When she was seven years old she went to the monastery at Wimbourne, where she underwent much of her formative spiritual education. - read more
  • September 30



    Jerome (ca. 342-420), biblical scholar. Born in Stridon in Dalmatia, Jerome studied in Rome. After traveling in Gaul, he took up the ascetic life with friends in Aquileia. About 374 he set out for Palestine but delayed at Antioch and settled down as a hermit near Chalcis in the desert of Syria. On his return to Antioch around 379 he was ordained by Paulinu and proceeded to Constantinople. In 382 he went to Rome, where the Aventine Circle led by Marcella prevailed on him to assist them in their Bible study. He began work on his Latin translation of the Bible (the Vulgate). - read more
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