John of the Cross

Feast Day: December 14
Canonized: December 27, 1726
Beatified: January 25, 1675

Born in 1542, John was raised in Spain by a widowed mother who could barely provide for her sons. At a young age, he worked in a hospital and developed a great love for the poor and the sick. He sometimes felt that he was in the presence of Jesus when he was tending the patients. But John...
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Frances Schervier

Feast Day: December 15
Beatified: April 28, 1974
Venerated: January 30, 1969

When Mary Frances Schervier was 16, her mother and sisters died from tuberculosis, a highly contagious disease at the time. So when Frances told her father she wanted to visit the poor and the sick in their city of Aachen, Germany, he was worried that his daughter might bring disease...
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Stephen the Martyr

Stephen-199x300_Demidoff Feast Day: December 26
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

On Christmas Day, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The next day we celebrate the birth of Stephen. But Stephen's is a different kind of birth; it is his birth into eternal life. Death brought life for him. He is the first martyr of the Christian Church.

In the beginning of the Church, its members were Jews. Many of...
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John the Apostle

Feast Day: December 27
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

John is sometimes called “the beloved disciple” or “John the Evangelist." He was the only one of Jesus’ apostles who did not leave him during his crucifixion and death. In the gospel Jesus even asks John to take care of Mary, the Blessed Mother, after his death.

John’s brother was also an apostle, St. James. Both were...
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Thomas Becket

Thomas_Becket-175x300 Feast Day: December 29
Canonized: February 21, 1173

In the Opening Prayer of the Mass on the feast of St. Thomas, we pray, “Almighty God, you granted the martyr Thomas the grace to give his life for the cause of justice” (Sacramentary). The justice Thomas died for was the right of the Church to be free from control by the government.

Thomas was born in 1118 in London. He...
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Sylvester I Pope

Silvester Feast Day: December 31
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Born in Rome toward the end of the third century, Pope Sylvester was the leader of the Catholic Church at a great turning point in the Church’s history. For the first time in nearly 300 years, Christians were freed from the threat of persecution. The powerful emperor, Constantine, had given Christians the right to practice their faith openly. Constantine...
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Vincenzo Romano, Priest

VincentRomano-265x300.jpgMemorial: December 20
Canonized: October 14, 2018
Beatified: November 17, 1963
Venerated: March 25, 1895

Vincenzo Romano was born into a poor family in June of 1751. Despite this, he was able to study. He was impacted by the life and teachings of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, and he developed a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. In 1775, he was...
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