Feast Day: 23 August St Rose of Lima is the patron of Peru, South America, and the Philippines. Her name was Isabel de Flores. She was born in Lima, Peru on 20 April 20 1586. Her father was a Puerto Rican, who had come to Peru in 1548 with the Spanish conquistadors. She received the
Feast Day: 11 August The founder of the Order of Poor Ladies, St Clare of Assisi is an Italian saint and was one of the first followers of St Francis of Assisi. She is also the patron saint of television. We celebrate her feast day on 11 August. Who Was St Clare of Assisi? St
Feast Day: 9 August “We bow down before the testimony of the life and death of Edith Stein, an outstanding daughter of Israel and at the same time a daughter of the Carmelite Order, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a personality who united within her rich life a dramatic synthesis of our century. It
Feast Day: 6 July Maria Goretti was the daughter of a poor Italian tenant farmer. She had no chance to go to school, never learned to read or write. When Maria made her First Communion not long before her death, she was one of the larger and somewhat backward members of the class. On a
Feast Day: 29 April St Catherine of Siena was born during the outbreak of the plague in Siena, Italy on 25 March 1347. She was the 25th child born to her mother, although half of her brothers and sisters did not survive childhood. Catherine herself was a twin, but her sister did not survive infancy.
St Teresa of Avila was born on 28 March 1515 in what is now Spain and was baptised as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, She was well educated at home by her parents and she found the stories of the saints – particularly the martyrs – very exciting. When she was just a child,