Gertrude the Great

Feast Day: November 16
Canonized: 1677

There are several saints who have the words “the great” after their names, but St. Gertrude the Great is the only female to have that honor.

Gertrude of Helfta was a Benedictine nun, a mystic, a writer, and a theologian who was born in what is now Germany in 1256. Some histories say she was an orphan who came to the monastery as a young girl of...
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Margaret of Scotland

Feast Day: November 16 (formerly June 10)
Canonized: 1251

Margaret was an English princess who was born around the year 1045. When her country was invaded, her family escaped by boat. They were headed for Hungary, but a storm crashed their ship on the rocky shore of Scotland.  The Scottish king, Malcolm III, invited the family to stay at his castle until their boat could...
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Agnes of Assisi

Agnes_Assisi-186x300 Feast Day: November 16
Canonized: 1753

Agnes was born in Assisi, Italy, around 1197 or 1198. She was the younger daughter of a royal family, and she might have been born with the name Caterina. She was very close to her older sister, Clare, and they spent most their time together. The sisters heard Francis of Assisi preach, and they wanted to imitate his example of living a simple...
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Elizabeth of Hungary

Feast Day: November 17
Canonized: May 27, 1235

Every person faces good times and bad. We see this truth in the life of Elizabeth of Hungary. Born in 1207, Elizabeth was the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary. She grew up a very religious child and married Ludwig, the king of Thuringia (in Germany), when she was only 14. The two worked at their marriage. They...
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Martyrs of Paraguay (Sts. Roque Gonzalez, Juan Castillo, Alonso Rodriguez)

Feast Day: November 17
Canonized: 1988

Three missionaries went to Paraguay to South America to share the Good News of Jesus with the native Indians. These Jesuit priests preached about Jesus and God’s saving plan for all people. Many Paraguay Indians listened and believed in their message. They asked to be baptized and began to live new lives as Christians.

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Rose Philippine Duchesne

Feast Day: November 18
Canonized: July 3, 1988
Beatified: May 12, 1940
Venerated: March 17, 1935

Rose Philippine Duchesne was born in 1769 in Grenoble, France. Against her parents’ wishes, she entered the convent at age 19. During the French Revolution, the convent closed. So, Philippine cared for the poor and sick. After the war, she joined the Society of the...
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Miguel Agustín Pro

Feast Day: November 23
Beatified: September 25, 1988
Venerated: November 10, 1986

After a happy childhood in a loving and religious family in Guadalupe, Mexico, Jose Ramon Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez entered the seminary in 1911 to study to become a Jesuit priest. The seminary closed when the government began to persecute Catholics. Miguel had to flee his...
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Martyrs of Vietnam (Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions)

Feast Day: November 24
Canonized: June 19, 1998

Portuguese Jesuit priests first came to Vietnam in 1533 to preach the word of God to the people of the kingdom. These missionaries also brought the sacraments to Japanese Catholics who had been forced to leave their land because of persecutions. However, a law was passed in Vietnam that made it illegal for people to belong to the Christian Church. The Jesuits had to minister in secret until 1615, when they were allowed to build a permanent mission for Catholic worship.

Andrew Dung-Lac was born in Vietnam in 1795. He grew...
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Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi

Feast Day: November 25
Beatified: October 21, 2001

Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi was born in 1880 in Italy. He went to school to become a lawyer. By the time he retired, he was the attorney general of Italy. He was friends with many political leaders. After World War II he worked to rebuild Italy.

Maria Corsini was born in 1884...
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Catherine of Alexandria

Feast Day: November 25
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

At a time when most children did not go to school, Catherine was privately tutored because she came from a wealthy family; her parents were said to be the pagan king and queen of Alexandria, in Egypt. She was a gifted student and especially loved science and debating. Tradition tells us that...
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