Mary the Holy Mother of God


Theotokos Panachranta. Mid-11th-century Kievan illumination from the Gertrude Psalter.

Mary, our Blessed Mother, was only a young girl when she learned that she was going to be an important part of God’s plan for the whole world.

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Elizabeth Ann Seton

Feast Day: January 4
Canonized: September 14, 1975
Beatified: March 17, 1963
Venerated: December 18, 1959

Sometimes our choices change our lives. In 1805, Elizabeth Seton chose to become a Catholic. This choice changed her life and ours.

Elizabeth had been born to rich parents in New York City in 1774. Her parents taught her to care about others. When Elizabeth...
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John Nepomucene Neumann

Feast Day: January 5
Canonized: June 19, 1977
Beatified: October 13, 1963
Venerated: December 11, 1921

The new Bishop of Philadelphia had just about had it with the unfair treatment of Catholic students in the public school system of his city. We...
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Genoveva Torres Morales

Feast Day: January 5
Canonized: May 4, 2003
Beatified: January 29, 1995
Venerated: January 22, 1991

Born in 1870 in a small town in Spain, Genoveva had a difficult childhood. By the time she was eight, her parents and four of her brothers and sisters had died. When she was 13, doctors had to amputate her leg because of an infection.

Genoveva spent much of her...
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André Bessette

Frère André 1920
Feast Day: January 6
Canonized: October 17, 2010
Beatified: May 23, 1982
Venerated: June 12, 1978

André Bessette was born in Quebec, Canada, in 1845. By the time he was 12 he was an orphan...
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Raymond of Penyafort

Raymon de Peñaforte
Feast Day: January 7
Canonized: 1601

Raymond was born near Barcelona, Spain, in 1175. He was such a gifted student that he was already teaching philosophy at the university by the time he was 20. He...
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Marguerite Bourgeoys

Feast Day: January 12
Canonized: October 31, 1982
Beatified: November 12, 1950
Venerated: June 19, 1910

Hardship and danger can deter some people. But for St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, hardship and danger...
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Anthony of Egypt


Feast Day: January 17 (Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox)
Feast Day: January 30 (Coptic Orthodox, Coptic Catholic)
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

The Church calls Anthony the father of monks. Before his time, many men and women went out into the desert to pray and do penance. These hermits lived alone, far apart from other people. Anthony of Egypt formed...
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Basil Anthony Marie Moreau

Official Moreau high density

Feast Day: January 20
Beatified: September 15, 2007
Venerated: April 12, 2003

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