Saints of the Week

In newspapers and bulletins
around the country

Blessed Francisco Marto

More than anything else, I want to console our Lord.

    Facts about Bl. Francisco Marto

  • He was one of the three Portuguese children who witnessed the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in 1917.
  • Francisco prayed rosaries and offered sacrifices for the conversion of sinners.
  • In 1918, Mary told Francisco that she would take him to heaven soon. Six months later, at the age of 10, he contracted influenza and passed away.

Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio

I will never give in! Viva Cristo Rey!

    Facts about St. Jose Sanchez del Rio

  • During the Cristero War in Mexico, he was captured and imprisoned by the government forces. In prison, Jose prayed the rosary daily.
  • He was tortured severely for refusing to deny his faith in Christ. In 1928, at the age of 14, Jose was martyred.
  • Jose was canonized a saint on October 16, 2016.

Saint Paul Miki

After Christ's example, I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as fruitful rain.

    Facts about St. Paul Miki

  • He was a 16th-century Japanese Jesuit seminarian and well-known preacher.
  • Because the Jesuits' influence was feared in Japan, Paul was arrested, jailed, and forced to walk 600 miles to Nagasaki where he was crucified with 25 other Catholics.
  • He preached his last sermon from the cross and sincerely forgave his executioners.

Saint Brigid of Ireland

I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace.

    Facts about St. Brigid of Ireland

  • Brigid was a good friend of St. Patrick and was known for her charity.
  • She founded a monastery and a school of art in Ireland.
  • Brigid continually sought to help others until her death in 525. Today, she is honored as one of the patron saints of Ireland.