Saints of the Week

In newspapers and bulletins
around the country

Saint John of the Cross

Well and good if all things change, O Lord, provided I am rooted in you.

    Facts about St. John of the Cross

  • John was a 16th-century Spanish Carmelite friar, mystic, and priest.
  • He wrote deep poems on the intimacy of God and the soul. His most famous work is entitled, 'The Dark Night of the Soul'.
  • John became a major figure in the Counter-Reformation and is venerated as one of the Doctors of the Church.

Servant of God Fernando Rielo

Only one this is necessary: to live Christ. Only one thing is necessary: the Eucharist.

    Facts about Servant of God Fernando Rielo

  • Fernando was born in 1923 and grew up in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.
  • When he received his First Communion, a firing squad ordered him to renounce his faith. Fernando refused, and they miraculously changed their minds and let him live.
  • Fernando went on to become a mystical poet, philosopher, and Founder of the Idente Missionaries. He died in New York in 2004.

Saint Catherine Laboure

God always speaks to you when you approach him plainly and simply.

    Facts about St. Catherine Laboure

  • Catherine was a 19th-century French religious sister who received apparitions of Our Lady.
  • Catherine relayed to others Mary's request that the Miraculous Medal be commissioned. The medal has since been worn by millions of Catholics.
  • For the rest of her life, Catherine cared for the sick and elderly.

Blessed Cecilia Schelingova

I want to do God's will without paying attention to myself.

    Facts about Bl. Cecilia Schelingova

  • Cecilia was a Slovak religious sister during the communist persecution in former Czechoslovakia.
  • She worked in the hospital and aided priests fleeing the persecution.
  • She was caught, imprisoned, and maltreated until her death in 1955 at the age of 38.