Saints of the Week

In newspapers and bulletins
around the country

Servant of God Matteo Farina

I would love to be able to integrate myself with my peers, without having to give up my Christian principles.

    Facts about Servant of God Matteo Farina

  • Matteo grew up in a close-knit Italian family with strong Christian values.
  • He inspired his peers with his passion for prayer and love for the Catholic faith.
  • Matteo suffered from a brain tumor as a teenager. He completely surrendered his life and illness to God and peacefully passed away in 2009 at the age of 18.

Saint Margaret of Castello

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I sanctified you.
Jeremiah 1:5

    Facts about St. Margaret of Castello

  • Margaret was born in 13th-century Italy with blindness and severe disabilities.
  • Margaret's wealthy parents abandoned her. Local nuns took her in, and even in her frailty, she lived a life of deep prayer and generous service to the poor.
  • Today, she is honored as one of the patron saints of the pro-life movement.

Saint Pedro Calungsod

From his childhood, Pedro declared himself unwaveringly for Christ. ...He responded generously to his call and devoted his teenage years to teaching the faith as a lay catechist.
Pope St. John Paul II

    Facts about St. Pedro Calungsod

  • Pedro was a 17th-century Filipino and missionary to the people of Guam.
  • He led a significant number of natives to conversion and the Sacrament of Baptism.
  • There was a rumor spreading that the baptismal water was poisonous . Because of this, one man began to hate Christians and martyred Pedro.

Saint Leonardo Murialdo

God has chosen me! He called me to the inexpressible happiness of being his minister, another Christ.

    Facts about St. Leonardo Murialdo

  • He was born into a wealthy Italian family in 1828.
  • In boarding school, he was surrounded by bad company and fell into many sins.
  • He changed his ways and found profound peace in the confessional. He became a priest and established the Congregation of Saint Joseph.