Fra Angelico

Feast Day: February 18
Beatified: October 3, 1982

Growing up in a small town in Italy, Guido di Pietro was interested in two things. He wanted to follow Christ’s example in all things, and he wanted to develop his talent for painting. God showed him how these two things were his vocation. Our vocation is God’s call to share in Jesus’ life and work.

Guido was born in 1387, and when he...
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Francisco Marto

Feast Day: February 20
Beatified: May 13, 2000
Venerated: May 13, 1989

Francisco was only 10 years old when our Blessed Mother appeared to him, his sister Jacinta, and his cousin Lucia, in their small town of Fatima, Portugal. The visions, which we call “apparitions,” occurred in 1917, between May and October. Mary appeared to the children five times.

Only Lucia heard...
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Peter Damian

Feast Day: February 21
Canonized: 1823

Peter was born in Italy in 1007. When his parents died, he went to live with one of his older brothers, who treated him cruelly. Sometimes Peter was forbidden to eat any of his brother’s food. Another brother helped solve the problem by giving Peter money so that he could afford to go away to school.

Peter did so well in school that he became...
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Paula Montal Fornés

Feast Day: February 26
Canonized: November 25, 2001
Beatified: April 18, 1993
Venerated: November 28, 1988

Paula Montal Fornés de San José de Calasanz was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1799. She was the oldest of five daughters. Her father died when she was only 10, and Paula had to go to work to help her mother support the family. She also helped her mother raise her younger...
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