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St. Ephrem of Syria

St. Ephrem of Syria was born circa 306. He converted to Christianity and was baptized at age 18. A deacon and preacher, he may have gone to the Council of Nicaea in 325. During a persecution of Christians in his land St. Ephrem led believers to Edessa, where he founded a school of theology. The...
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St. Medard

St. Medard was born around 456 in France. He was ordained when he was 33 and became a bishop in the year 530. The bishop was loved by his people, and eventually legends about him surfaced. He died June 8, 545, in Noyon, France. St. Medard is patron saint against bad weather because he is...
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St. Erasmus

St. Erasmus was the bishop of Formiae, Campagna, Italy. During Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians, St. Erasmus fled and was supposedly fed by a raven in order to keep hiding. The first time he was captured, an angel rescued him. The second time he was captured circa 303, he was martyred and became one of...
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St. Ferdinand III of Castile

St. Ferdinand III of Castile was born to a royal family near Salamanca, Spain, in 1198. He became king of Castile in 1217 and king of Leon in 1230. Later he became king of Palencia, Valladolid and Burgos. St. Ferdinand founded the University of Salamanca and rebuilt the Cathedral of Burgos. The saint also founded...
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St. Bona of Pisa

St. Bona of Pisa was born around 1156 in Pisa, Italy. From a young age she was a visionary, and at age 10 she became an Augustinian tertiary. She made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land at age 14, and she later made pilgrimages to Rome and Spain on numerous occasions. She led other pilgrims...
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St. Germanus of Paris

St. Germanus of Paris was born in Autun, France, in the year 496. He was a priest and abbot and became bishop of Paris in 555. He cured King Childebert I from an illness and then converted him. Once converted, King Childebert I built the abbey of St. Vincent, which is now called St. Germain...
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St. Gregory VII, pope

St. Gregory VII was born in Soana, Italy, around the year 1020. Educated in Rome, he became a Benedictine monk and was chaplain to Pope Gregory VI. Although he was chosen to be the 152nd pope, he declined. He later became the 157th pope. He was a great reformer in the church, suspending corrupt clergymen...
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St. Rita of Cascia

St. Rita of Cascia wanted to join a religious order from a very young age. However, when she was 12 her parents arranged her marriage. She obediently married the abusive man when she turned 18 and had twin sons. Her husband abused her for 18 years, after which he was murdered. He repented at the...
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St. Bernadine of Siena

St. Bernadine of Siena was a theological writer, a preacher, a priest and a Friar Minor. A charismatic preacher, St. Bernadine became associated with public speaking, advertising and public relations. The saint was also a great peacemaker who said gossip was a major source of arguments which could turn violent. He died in Italy in...
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St. Peter Wright

St. Peter Wright was born in England in 1603 to a Protestant family. St. Peter converted to Catholicism and eventually became a priest and Jesuit. St. Peter served as a chaplain to English soldiers in the English Civil War. He was arrested in 1651 during Oliver Cromwell’s oppression of Catholics. St. Peter Wright was imprisoned...
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St. John Nepomucene

St. John Nepomucene was born around 1340 in Bohemia. He became a priest who converted many people through his preaching. He was counselor and advocate of the poor in King Wenceslaus IV’s court. St. John was a confessor to the queen and was imprisoned for not telling the king what the queen said in her...
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St. Pachomius

St. Pachomius was born in Egypt. Although he was not born into a Christian family, he converted after leaving the military around 313. With the help of hermits, he founded a community of monks and made a rule for the monks in 320. By the time St. Pachomius died, about 3,000 monks and nuns lived...
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