Gregory the Great, Pope

Feast Day: September 3
Canonized: Pre-Congregation
Elected Pope: September 3, 590

Gregory (c. 540-604) was born into a prominent family. He studied law and by age 30 was mayor of Rome. He entered the Benedictine monastery, hoping to live a simple life and distributing his wealth to the poor and to monasteries.

That hope changed quickly....
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Teresa of Calcutta

MOTHER TERESAFeast Day: September 5
Canonized: September 4, 2016
Beatified: October 19, 2003
Venerated: December 20, 2002

On August 26, 1910, Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia. As a young girl she was very involved in parish activities, and her mother told her many stories of missionaries, who inspired her greatly. In 1928, at age 18, Agnes joined the missionary order of the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin, Ireland. There she...
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Antoine-Frédéric Ozanam

Feast Day: September 9

Antoine-Frédéric Ozanam was born into a large family in Milan, Italy, in 1813. His parents were originally from France, and the family returned there in 1815.

Frédéric believed that faith should be put into action by serving the poor. In 1833, he founded the St. Vincent de Paul Society, an organization that serves the poor. Today, the Society is...
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Peter Claver

Feast Day: September 9
Canonized: January 15, 1888
Beatified: September 21, 1851

Peter Claver walked to the dock. He saw the ship that came from Africa. Peter saw guards outside the ship. He had to get on that boat. The guards tried to stop him, but Peter went inside anyway.

Peter couldn't believe what he saw. He had never seen so many people before. The inside of the ship was very...
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Hildegard of Bingen

Feast Day: September 17
Canonized: May 10, 2012
Beatified: August 26, 1326

Hildegard of Bingen is believed to have been born in 1098 in Germany. At a young age Hildegard had a very holy teacher named Jutta. From her teacher, she learned to love God and to pray. In those days, it was very natural for Hildegard to join with her teacher, Jutta, and other holy women and become...
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Robert Bellarmine

Feast Day: September 17
Canonized: June 29, 1930
Beatified: May 13, 1923
Venerated: 1627

Robert was a brilliant student who put his gifts at the service of the Church. He was born in Italy in 1542, one of 10 children. His uncle was Pope Marcellus II, and Robert decided to become a Jesuit priest at a very young age.

After ordination, he was assigned...
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Martyrs of Korea (Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions)

Feast Day: September 20
Canonized: May 6, 1984

Christianity came to Korea in secret in the 17th century. People who traveled to foreign lands learned about Jesus and were baptized. When they returned home, they shared their faith with others. The Korean government did not allow Christians to practice their faith. The Church in Korea was led quietly by lay people...
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Matthew the Apostle

Feast Day: September 21
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Matthew, the Evangelist who wrote the Gospel that appears first in the New Testament, was different from the other Apostles. He was not a popular man. Many people felt that he was unworthy to be a chosen as a follower of Jesus. Matthew worked for the Romans as a tax collector. The Romans...
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Pio of Pietrelcina

Feast Day: September 23
Canonized: June 16, 2002
Beatified: May 2, 1999
Venerated: December 18, 1997

Francesco Forgione was born in Pietrelcina, Italy, in 1887. His family and the people of his town were very religious. They celebrated festivals to honor the saints. The church bells called people to prayer many times during the day. His family attended...
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Vincent de Paul

Vincent_de_Paul-247x300 Feast Day: September 27
Canonized: June 16, 1737
Beatified: August 13, 1729

Born in 1581 in France, Vincent de Paul became a priest at the early age of 19. He became famous for his kindness and generosity.

As a young priest, Vincent was captured by Turkish pirates at sea and sold into slavery. He eventually escaped, along with his master, whom he had converted. He...
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