Thérèse of Lisieux

Therese_Lisieux-234x300 Feast Day: October 1
Canonized: May 17, 1925
Beatified: April 29, 1923
Venerated: August 14, 1921

In 1873, Thérèse was born in the small French town of Alencon and was raised in a large loving family with her four sisters. Like any child, Thérèse enjoyed playing with her cousins and siblings. When Thérèse was four her mother died, and her father moved the family to...
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Théodore Guérin

Theodore_Guerin-219x300 Feast Day: October 3
Canonized: October 15, 2006
Beatified: October 25, 1998
Venerated: July 22, 1992

On the French seacoast of Brittany, Anne-Thérèse Guérin was born in 1798 to a French naval officer and his wife. When young Anne made her First Communion, she told the priest that she wanted to dedicate her life to God’s work. But her father was murdered when she was...
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Francis of Assisi


Feast Day: October 4
Canonized: July 16, 1228

Two events changed Francis Bernardone. First, enemy soldiers captured him and put him in prison. Second, he met a leper.

Francis had been born to wealthy parents in Assisi, Italy, in 1181. As a teenager, Francis wanted only money and fun. He loved parties! But in 1202, when he was 21, Francis went to war and spent a year in prison. There, he had...
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Faustina Kowalska

Feast Day: October 5
Canonized: April 30, 2000
Beatified: April 18, 1993
Venerated: March 7, 1992

Helenka Kowalska was born in 1905 in a small Polish town, one of 10 children born in a poor family. She left school after third grade and never learned to write or read very well. She dreamed of becoming a nun and was very disappointed when her parents would...
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Francis Seelos

Feast Day: October 5
Beatified: April 9, 2000
Venerated: January 27, 2000

Francis Xavier Seelos was born in Fussen, Bavaria, in Germany in 1819. He was named after St. Francis Xavier, the famous Jesuit missionary. When he was a little boy, Francis’ mother asked him what he was going to be when he grew up. He answered by pointing at a picture of his name saint and said, “I’m going to be another...
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Marie-Rose Durocher

MarieRose_Durocher Feast day: October 6
Beatified: May 23, 1982
Venerated: July 13, 1979

Many of our greatest saints and holy people knew that they could raise others up by helping to educate them. Eulalie Durocher was one such person. Born on October 6, 1811, at Saint Antoine-sur-Richelieu in Quebec, Canada, she was the youngest of 10 children. Her parents valued education, and her mother, who had...
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John Henry Newman

Feast Day: October 9
Beatified: September 19, 2010
Venerated: January 22, 1991

At the 2010 Mass that proclaimed John Henry Newman “Blessed,” some of the hymns sung were written by that very man. But John was not simply a man who wrote hymns. He was someone who inspired others with his life and his writings.

A well-respected priest, theologian, and writer in the Anglican...
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Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli), Pope

Feast Day: October 9
Venerated: December 19, 2009

Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli was born in Rome, Italy, in 1876. His father hoped that Eugenio would follow in his footsteps as a canon lawyer. As Eugenio studied the legal system of the Catholic Church, he decided that he wanted to become a priest. He was ordained in 1899.

Father Pacelli was not a parish priest. Because...
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John XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli), Pope

Feast Day: October 11
Canonized: April 27, 2014
Beatified: September 3, 2000
Venerated: December 20, 1999

From her very beginning, the Church has had leaders who have helped us in our search for God. Pope John XXIII was one of those leaders. Pope John XXIII was pope from 1958 until he died in 1963.

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was born November 25, 1881, in the...
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Teresa of Ávila

Teresa_of_Avila-300x287 Feast Day: October 15
Canonized: March 12, 1622
Beatified: April 24, 1614

Teresa was born in 1515 in Ávila. She proved at an early age that she was an intelligent and thoughtful person. Teresa and her brother, Rodrigo, didn’t play the same games that the other children played. Instead, they preferred to go to the garden and read. They were most interested in reading the Bible and...
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