Calendar of the Saints

  • October 01


    Thérèse of Lisieux

    Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-97), French Carmelite. Also called "Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face" and the "Little Flower," Thérèse was born in Alençon, France. Her parents, having each had aspirations for monastic life, began married life in holy celibacy until a priest convinced them otherwise; thus, it is easy to imagine Thérèse's home life was one of intense Catholic piety. Her mother died when Thérèse was only four. - read more
  • October 04


    Francis of Assisi

    Most people think of Francis of Assisi as a sweet, simple kind of guy who picked flowers and talked with animals. He was much more than that. As a young man he willingly went to war, and eventually was imprisoned. Once while on the way to a battle, Francis heard a divine voice inviting him to start serving the master rather than the servant. It was then he decided to live for God alone. - read more
  • October 07


    John Woolman

    John Woolman (1720-1772), Quaker and abolitionist. Born in Northampton, Burlington County, West Jersey (now New Jersey), of devout Quaker parents, Woolman became acquainted early with the operations of divine love. - read more
  • October 10


    Mollie Rogers

    As a student at Smith College, Mollie Rogers felt a call to missionary work, but a Catholic overseas mission didn't exist at that time. The United States, with all its European immigrants, was itself considered a mission field - read more
  • October 12



    Wilfrid (originally spelled Wilfrith;[3] c. 633 – c. 709) was an English bishop and saint. Born a Northumbrian noble, he entered religious life as a teenager and studied atLindisfarne, at Canterbury, in Gaul, and at Rome; he returned to Northumbria in about 660, and became the abbot of a newly founded monastery at Ripon. - read more
  • October 15


    Teresa of Avila

    St. Teresa spent much of her early life in consternation because she considered herself to be too great of a sinner. She went to a monastery when she was sixteen years old. Although she was put out by this lifestyle at first, she ultimately chose a nun's life over marriage because she thought that it was the only way to keep herself from sinning. When Teresa became disillusioned with her convent at age 43, she moved out to start her own, a place where quiet reflection and mental prayer were stressed. - read more
  • October 17


    Ignatius of Antioch

    Ignatius of Antioch lived approximately from 35 to 110. He was known as a bishop and martyr. Probably born in Syria, Ignatius is virtually unknown apart from his letters and journey to martyrdom in Rome under a guard of ten soldiers. - read more
  • October 20


    Anne Sullivan

    Anne (Annie) Sullivan was born in 1866 in Massachusetts to poor Irish immigrants. Her mother died when she was eight. Annie's eyesight worsened from trachoma. When she was ten, her alcoholic father deserted the family; Annie and her siblings were sent to the Massachusetts State Infirmary. - read more
  • October 22


    Howard Thurman

    Howard Thurman (1900-81), African-American preacher and mystic. A leading voice for racial justice, Thurman struggled against prejudice all his life but refused to become bitter. - read more
  • October 24


    Rosa Parks

    Rosa Louise McCauley was born February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama, and grew up on a farm. Parks is today remembered as "the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement." - read more
  • October 28



    According to legend, Jude was a missionary to Persia and Mesopotamia, but it wasn't until the twentieth century that he was embraced as the patron saint of hospitals and hopeless causes. - read more
  • October 31


    Donald M. Baillie

    Born in 1887, Donald M. Baillie was a Scottish pastor, teacher, systematic theologian, and ecumenist; considered one of the most influential Presbyterian scholars of the twentieth century. Baillie was Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Andrews University from 1934 until the time of his death in 1954. - read more
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