Pedro Calungsod

Feast Day: April 2
Venerated: January 27, 2000
Beatified: March 5, 2000
Canonized: October 21, 2012

The story of Pedro Calungsod shows us that young people can do great things. Born in Guam, Pedro was only 13 when he joined a group of Spanish missionaries who were going to travel to the Marianas Islands to teach the...
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Benedict the Black

Feast Day: April 4
Beatified: May 15, 1743
Canonized: May 24, 1807

Benedict was a slave, but he always knew that his only true master was Jesus. Benedict’s parents, Christopher and Diana Manasseri, were taken from their home in Africa and sold into slavery in Messina, Italy, where Benedict was born in 1524.

Given his freedom when he was 18, Benedict worked as a farmer...
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Vincent Ferrer

Vincent_Ferrer-181x300_deMiranda Feast Day: April 5
Canonized: June 3, 1455

Vincent Ferrer, the most gifted preacher of his time, often gave his sermons outdoors because no church could hold the huge crowds that came to hear him speak about God’s love and forgiveness.

Vincent was born in Spain around 1357. He joined the Dominican Order when he was 19. It was a difficult time for the Church because of a dispute...
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John Baptist de La Salle

Feast Day: April  7
Beatified: February 19, 1888
Canonized: May 24, 1900

John Baptist is responsible for many changes in education, things that we take for granted today. But education was not his first choice for a career.

Born in Rheims, France, in 1651, he was only 11 when he decided to become a priest. He received the best education...
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Julie Billiart

Feast Day: April 8
Venerated: January 6, 1903
Beatified: May 13, 1906
Canonized: June 22, 1969

By the time Marie Rose Julie Billiart was seven years old, she had memorized her catechism and would explain the lessons to her young friends. As she grew older she was known by people as the “saint of Cuvilly,” which was the name of her French town. Her family were farmers...
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Stanislaus of Krakow

Stanislaus(Gothic_altarpiece_Wawel)-200x765 Feast Day: April 11
Canonized: 1253

Stanislaus is the patron saint of Poland. Some people call him the second John the Baptist because, like John, Stanislaus stood up for his faith.

Stanislaus was born to a noble family in 1030 in a small town near Krakow, Poland. When he was very young, he told his parents that he wanted to be a priest. They...
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Teresa of the Andes

Teresa_Andes-220x300 Feast Day: April 12
Venerated: March 22, 1986
Beatified: April 3, 1987
Canonized: March 21, 1993

Juanita came from a wealthy family in Santiago, Chile, where she was born in 1900. There was a chapel on the family property and Juanita attended Mass every day from the time she was a small child. She could hardly wait for her First Communion so that she could receive Jesus.

Juanita loved to...
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Margaret of Castello

Feast Day: April 13
Beatified: October 19, 1609

Margaret was born in Florence, Italy, in 1287. She was a great disappointment to her wealthy parents. She was born blind and with very serious spine and leg problems. Her parents were ashamed of her and told people that she had died at birth. They kept her hidden away.

Only her parish priest was allowed to visit her. He...
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Bernadette Soubirous

Feast Day: April 16
Venerated: November 18, 1923
Beatified: June 14, 1925
Canonized: December 8, 1933

Imagine seeing our Blessed Mother not just once, but eighteen times! That is the blessing Bernadette Soubirous was given for five months in 1858.

One day, Bernadette, her sister, and a friend were gathering firewood near their home in Lourdes, France....
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Mariana Navarro of Jesus

Mariana_of_Jesus-260x300 Feast Day: April 17
Beatified: May 25, 1783

Mariana Navarro de Guevara Romero of Jesus was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1565. She was the oldest of six children and the only girl. After her mother died, it became Mariana’s responsibility to care for her brothers. She loved them all very much and tried her best to be like a second mother to them.

When Mariana’s father remarried,...
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