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Our Saints

Christian Saints

There are more than 10,000 saints recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. 

The Saints in Scripture
In scripture, Paul addresses many of his letters to the various local communities under the title of “saints:” (Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, etc.) The term “saints” was also applied to those whom Christians served. In 1 Corinthians we read that Paul made a collection in Corinth for the relief of the saints in Jerusalem.

Paul also talks about the Communion of Saints in that each of us participates by baptism in the one Body of Christ. In his letter to the Romans, Paul tells us “For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us” (Romans 12:4-6).

Martyrs

As Christianity developed, the word saint came to be used more commonly to designate specific individuals who were held to be exemplars of the faith, and who were commemorated or venerated as inspirations to other Christians.

At the beginning of our Church’s history, many witnessed their faith by giving their lives. Many of the followers of Christ were martyred rather horrendously. Some early saints were stoned, as was Stephen. In the Acts of the Apostles, we read: “They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him….As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them;’ and when he said this, he fell asleep” (Acts 7:58-60).

Tradition has it that Peter chose to be crucified upside down and that St. Paul was beheaded. Ignatius of Antioch was “ground like wheat” by the teeth of animals. Perpetua and Felicity, two young women, had to wait until after Felicity’s baby was born before they could face the lions. During this time Perpetua wrote down her thoughts, giving us a firsthand account of martyrdom.

Tertullian rightly said that the blood of the martyrs was the seed of the Church. (Tertullian was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa)

Canonization

Since the 10th century, the Church has officially applied the standard of holiness of life to certain individuals who lived exemplary Christian lives and through a lengthy process of prayer and study have declared that the individual is in heaven. Contrary to the belief of some, the Church does not “create” saints, but simply applies the standard of gospel holiness to those God permits the Church to know are in heaven. Canonization is a process that includes the calling forth of witnesses, verification of miracles and other holy actions and much research and scrutiny.

 

Below is a brief description of our Church Namesakes:

Saint Rose of Lima

Saint Matthew

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Saint Brendan

Saint Rose of Lima – 1586 – 1617

Feast Day of St. Rose of Lima – August 23

St. Rose is the Patron Saint of the Americas, Peru, embroiderers, florists, gardeners, needleworkers, and people ridiculed for their piety Invoked against vanity and self-love

Canonized by Pope Clement X in 1671              

Liturgical Color: White 

For information about St. Rose of Lima’s life use the links below.

https://mycatholic.life/saints/

https://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php

 

Above is the stained glass window of St. Rose located in St. Rose of Lima Worship Site.

St. Matthew – First Century

Feast of St. Matthew September 21

Patron Saint of civil servants, accountants, bankers, bookkeepers, customs officers, financial officers, guards, moneychangers, money managers, stockbrokers, and tax collectors.

Pre-Congregation canonization

Liturgical Color: Red

Matthew means “Gift of Yahweh.”

Saint Matthew was most likely born with the name of Levi, the son of Alphaeus. Though nothing is known about his childhood, Levi became a tax collector for the Roman authorities. The name “Levi” implies that he was from the Tribe of Levi, the tribe responsible for Jewish liturgical worship. Though scholars cannot arrive at a definitive conclusion about the details of his life, it is almost universally accepted that the Levi mentioned in Mark 2:14 and Luke 5:27 is the same person mentioned in Matthew 9:9 by the name Matthew. Levi might have been his original name, and Matthew may have been the name given to him by Jesus.

The Gospel of Matthew

As we honor Saint Matthew, we also celebrate the Gospel itself. Matthew was but a human instrument; the content of his Gospel is the Living Word of God. Ponder the inestimable value of this Gospel that God has used to transform countless lives.

For information about St. Matthew use the links below.

https://mycatholic.life/saints/

https://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php

 

 

Saint Augustine of Hippo – 354 – 430

Feast of Saint Augustine – August 28

Patron Saint of brewers, printers, and theologians Invoked against sore eyes and vermin

Pre-Congregation canonization
Declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Boniface VIII in 1298
Referred to as “Doctor of Grace” by popular acclaim

Augustine was born in 354 AD in Northern Africa what would be considered modern day Algeria. For 35 years, Augustine was the bishop of the modest port city of Hippo Regius. 

 

Augustine the gifted writer

He was known for his profound intellect and as a prolific writer having published over 93 books and approximately 300 letters. He is said to have delivered over 8,000 sermons in his lifetime. Augustine’s voluminous writings remain among the most read and quoted texts today. His works include apologetics, sermons, letters, scripture commentaries, a monastic rule, and philosophical and theological treatises. In total, over five million words written by Augustine have survived until today, numbering over 1,000 documents.

For information about St. Augustine use the links below.

https://mycatholic.life/saints/

https://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php

 

Saint Brendan – 484- 577

Feast of St. Brendan May 16

Brendan the Navigator is known as the patron saint of sailors, divers, boatmen and Saint of the United States Navy. He is also the patron saint of those who are afraid because he himself was fearless in setting out into uncharted water and in uncertain circumstances. 

Canonization – Unknown

The Irish monk St. Brendan was born around 484 at Church Hill, on the north shore of Tralee Bay in Co Kerry, Ireland. He had an exceptionally long life – 93 when he died in Co Galway – as well as an exciting and event-filled one.

For information about St. Brendan use the link below.

https://popehistory.com/st-brendan/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Brendan%27s_Island

Below is a brief bio of the Saints in St. Rose Worship Site Stained Glass Windows:

Saint Catherine of Sine

Saint Mary Magdelene

Saint Elizabeth of Hungry

Saint Thomas of Aquinas

Saint Edward

Saint Agnes

Saint Catherine of Siena – 1347 – 1380

Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Feast Day April 29

Patron Saint of Europe, Italy, nurses, the sick, and those ridiculed for their piety, Invoked against fires, miscarriages, temptations
Canonized by Pope Pius II on June 29, 1461
Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI on October 4, 1970
Proclaimed Co-Patron of Europe by Pope John Paul II on October 1, 1999
Liturgical Color: White

For information about St. Catherine of Siena use the links below.

https://mycatholic.life/saints/

https://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php

Saint Agnes – 291-304

Feast of St. Agnes January 21

Patron Saint of those seeking chastity and purity, engaged couples, rape victims, gardeners, young girls, Girl Scouts, and the Children of Mary.
Pre-Congregation canonization

Agnes was venerated as a saint at least as early as the time of St Ambrose, based on an existing homily. She is commemorated in the Depositio Martyrum of Filocalus (354) and in the early Roman Sacramentarians.[5]

Liturgical Color: Red

For information about St. Agnes use the links below.

https://mycatholic.life/saints/

https://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php

Saint Mary Magdalene – First Century

Feast day July 22

Patron Saint of contemplative life, converts, glove makers, hairdressers, penitent sinners, people ridiculed for their piety, perfumeries, pharmacists, sexual temptation, tanners.

Below is the stained glass window of St. Mary Magdalene in St. Rose of Lima Worship Site.

For information about St. Mary Magdelene use the links below

https://mycatholic.life/saints/

https://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php

 

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary – 1207 – 1231

Feast Day Nov 17

Patron Saint of Third Order Franciscans, bakers, beggars, brides, charitable societies and workers, exiles, falsely accused people, homeless people, hospitals, lacemakers, nursing homes, nursing services, people ridiculed for their piety, widows Invoked against in-law problems, the death of children, and toothache

Canonized by Pope Gregory IX on May 27, 1235
Liturgical Color: White

For information about St. Elizabeth use the links below

https://mycatholic.life/saints/

https://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php

 

St. Thomas Aquinas 1226 – 1274

Feast Day of St. Thomas – January 28

Thomas Aquinas OP was an Italian Dominican friar and priest, an influential philosopher and theologian, and a jurist in the tradition of scholasticism from the county of Aquino in the Kingdom of Sicily. Thomas was a proponent of natural theology and the father of a school of thought known as Thomism.  

St Thomas Aquinas is known primarily as a brilliant theologian and philosopher and is the patron saint of universities and scholars. St Thomas Aquinas is an ambassador for education and serves as a wonderful role model for our children. His extensive writings explored the relationship between the mind of man and the mind of God and his synthesis of knowledge relating to this joining of intellect and religious belief, entitled The Summa Theologica (1267-1273), earned him a lasting reputation among scholars and religious alike.

Thomas Aquinas was the greatest of the Scholastic philosophers. He produced a comprehensive synthesis of Christian theology and Aristotelian philosophy that influenced Roman Catholic doctrine for centuries and was adopted as the official philosophy of the church in 1917.

For information about St. Thomas Aquinas use the links below.

https://mycatholic.life/saints/

https://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php

St. Edward the Confessor – 1003 – 1066

Feast Day of St. Edward – Sept 13

St. Edward is the Patron Saint of difficult marriages and separated spouses. Today his name is called upon when marriages are struggling to survive in a world where to many marriages as treated as less than sacred.

For information about St. Edward use the links below

https://mycatholic.life/saints/

https://www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php