Calendar of the Saints

  • August 02


    Basil the Blessed

    In Moscow's Red Square stands St. Basil's Cathedral, named after the "Holy Fool," Basil the Blessed who was born in 1468. Trained as a cobbler, Basil soon was known as one who could foretell the future. When he was sixteen he moved to Moscow and began an unusual life. Summer or winter, he walked around Moscow naked, barefoot, praying. - read more
  • August 08



    Dominic (1170-1221) is best known for founding the Dominicans, also known as the Order of Preachers or the Black Friars. He was born in Spain, received an extensive education, and joined the Augustinians. While traveling on a diplomatic mission to France as a Bishop's Chaplain he was introduced to the Albigensians, or Cathari, individuals who were considered heretics. The priest dedicated the next period of his life to educate these people on true Christianity and change their beliefs. His missionary model sought to emulate the original twelve disciples, walking everywhere they went, preaching as often as possible, living in charity and faith. - read more
  • August 11


    Clare of Assisi

    St. Clare was born in 1196, and was already a faithful Christian when she heard St. Francis of Assisi preaching in 1211. Escaping an arranged marriage, she heeded the advice of Francis to devote her life to God, and she organized a group of women called the Poor Ladies of San Damiano. Under her leadership the group survived on charitable donations from locals, rather than begging for alms as the monks did. Following the rules that Clare herself set down, the Poor Ladies of San Damiano went barefoot, never ate meat, and wore rough habits. - read more
  • August 13


    Florence Nightingale

    Florence Nightingale was born May 12, 1820 in the Italian city after which she was named. Her wealthy English parents made sure she and her sister received a classic education. When she was seventeen, Florence experienced a call from God to serve others and decided to become a nurse despite her parents' objections. - read more
  • August 13



    St. Radegund was born in AD 518, and when she was twelve years old was kidnapped from her native Germany by Frankish raiders. Shortly thereafter, she was married to King Clothaire, who mistreated her severely. She endured his beatings and mockings of her ethics stoically, but when the king had her brother murdered, she left the court in a great display of bravery. - read more
  • August 14


    Maximilian Kolbe

    Maximilian Kolbe was born in 1894 in what was then Russia (present-day Poland). He joined the Franciscans in 1907 and studied in Rome, earning doctorates in philosophy and theology. Kolbe returned to his newly independent homeland where he founded the Knights of Mary Immaculate, devoted to reverence of Mary. He spent time in Japan, where he founded a seminary and monastery. - read more
  • August 20


    Bernard of Clairvaux

    Living from 1090-1153, Bernard of Clairvaux was a French Cistercian abbot and preacher. Bernard of Fontaines entered monastic life at twenty-two and was abbot of Clairvaux by his mid-twenties. Although his disposition was contemplative, he became the confidant of princes and prelates, traveling throughout Europe soliciting support for the causes he embraced. Arguably the most influential figure in Europe during his lifetime, Bernard led an active life of a sort that he discouraged in monks. Overly conscientious and sometimes blinded by his embrace of a cause, Bernard nonetheless had persuasive power. - read more
  • August 21


    Victoria Rasoamanarivo

    Victoria Rasoamanarivo (1848-1894) was born into a wealthy family in Madagascar at a time when Queen Ranavalona I had outlawed all things European. Practicing Christianity was against the law; belief in Jesus merited persecution and death. When Queen Ranavalona I died in 1861, her son was more open to the church. French Jesuit priests founded a mission school, which Victoria attended. She was baptized in 1863. - read more
  • August 23


    Rose of Lima

    Born in 1586 in Peru, Isabel de Flores was nicknamed Rose because of her beauty. She admired Catherine of Siena and even as an adolescent practiced acts of penance and self-denial; Rose was determined to give herself to God. When suitors came seeking marriage, she scarred her face with lime and pepper so no one would want her and she could belong to God alone. When she was twenty she joined the Third Order of Dominic, moved to a tiny hut on her parents' property, and devoted herself to prayer. She wore a crown of thorns to remind her of Christ's suffering. - read more
  • August 28


    Augustine of Hippo

    Augustine of Hippo, also known as St. Augustine, was bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Algeria). He was a Latin philosopher and theologian and is generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times. - read more
  • August 29


    John the Baptist

    John was born to Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary's cousin. When Mary and Elizabeth saw each other during their pregnancies, Elizabeth felt the child in her womb "leap." So even before their births, John and Jesus were connected. - read more
  • August 31


    Aidan of Lindisfarne

    Off England's northeast coast, just south of Scotland lies the holy Island of Lindisfarne where a statue of Saint Aiden attests to his importance in the region. Irish-born Aidan was the premier Christian missionary who restored the Christian faith to people who had returned to paganism after earlier missionaries left. - read more
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