Marie Marguerite d’Youville

Feast day: October 16 (Canada)
Venerated: April 28, 1890
Beatified: May 3, 1959
Canonized: December 9, 1990

Marie Marguerite d’Youville was the first person born in Canada to be named a saint, an event that took place on Dec. 9, 1990.

She was born Marie de Lajemmerais in Quebec in 1701. Her father died when she was only 7, and she and her four...
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Ignatius of Antioch

Feast Day: October 17
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Do you ever wonder who was the first person to call the community Jesus established the “Catholic Church”? It was Saint Ignatius of Antioch. It was his way of explaining that the Church was open to anyone who wanted to be a follower of Jesus.

Because Ignatius lived so long ago, we know very little about his...
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Luke the Evangelist

Jose leonardo-san lucas

Feast Day: October 18
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Luke was an Evangelist, the writer of the third Gospel. He never met Christ in person, but...
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Peter of Alcantara

Feast Day: October 18 (19)
Canonized: April 28, 1669
Beatified: April 18, 1622

Peter was born in Spain in 1499. Faith and education were both important in Peter’s life from the time he was a young boy. He joined the Franciscans after he graduated from college at the age of 16. He was known for his acts of penance, which he believed helped him to grow closer to...
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North American Martyrs (Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brebeuf and Companions)

North American MartyrsFeast Day (US): October 19
Feast Day (Canada): September 26
Canonized: June 29, 1930

On October 19, we honor the six Jesuit priests and two lay missionaries who we have come to know as the North...
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Paul of the Cross

Paul de la croix Feast Day (US): October 20
Canonized: June 29, 1867
Beatified: October 1, 1852

Paul Daneii was born in Italy in 1694. Because Paul had no formal education, he became a soldier...
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Laura Montoya y Upegui

Laura Montoya y Upegui

Feast day: October 21
Canonized: May 12, 2013
Beatified: April 25, 2004
Venerated: January 22, 1991

One of the strongest role models for girls...
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John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła), Pope

Feast Day: October 22
Canonized: April 27, 2014
Beatified: May 1, 2011

Many people who knew young Karol Wojtyla in Poland thought he might someday be an actor or a writer. Instead, he became pope. Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in the town of Wadowice in Poland in 1920. He was the youngest of three children, and his mother died when he was only nine....
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