Saints of the Week

In newspapers and bulletins
around the country

Saint Gerard Majella

Here the will of God is done, as God wills, and as long as God wills.

    Facts about St. Gerard Majella

  • Gerard grew up in a poor Italian family during the 18th century. He tried to join the Capuchin Order but was turned down because of his frail health.
  • He eventually joined the Redemptorists and was renowned for his miracles and ability to read souls.
  • St. Gerard is invoked as the patron saint of mothers and unborn children.

Blessed John Henry Newman

God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me that he has not committed to another. I have my mission.

    Facts about Bl. John Henry Newman

  • John was a well-known Anglican priest and poet who converted to Catholicism. He became an Oratorian priest and eventually a cardinal.
  • He suffered persecution from his family and friends because of his conversion.
  • Cardinal Newman died in 1890. Today, he is still renowned for his theological writing.

 Guardian Angels

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, rule and guide. Amen.

    Facts about  Guardian Angels

  • Each person has a guardian angel assigned to protect, guide, and intercede for him or her throughout life.
  • Jesus spoke of guardian angels in Matthew 18:10.
  • The Feast of the Guardian Angels has been celebrated on the Church calendar since the 15th century.

Saint Vincent de Paul

Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity.

    Facts about St. Vincent de Paul

  • He was a 17th-century French priest who devoted his life to serving the poor.
  • He worked with the Daughters of Charity to collect missionary funds, build hospitals, and ransom 1,200 slaves from North Africa.
  • Today, the St. Vincent de Paul society continues to carry out his mission of serving the poor with compassion and generosity.