St. Theresa of Avila

St. Theresa of Avila (also known as St. Theresa of Jesus) has given her name to over 30 Catholic churches in the USA, making her one of the top 100 most popular Saints. Stained glass window designs often depict this Spanish mystical saint in a divine encounter with a seraph. She lived in the 16th […]

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St. Faith

St. Faith (also known as St. Faith of Conques) was a French virgin and martyr of the third century AD. According to legend St. Faith was persecuted as a young woman, and died for her faith during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian. She refused to make pagan sacrifices despite being tortured and burned […]

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St. Thérèse of Lisieux

There are approximately 89 Catholic Churches in the USA named after St. Thérèse, making her one of the top 50 most popular saints. Indeed this young French woman who lived in the 1800’s has had a huge influence, despite her short lifespan. Depictions of her in stained glass are often seen gracing churches, chapels or […]

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St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul comes in the top 30 most popular saints in America, with 141 Catholic churches named after him. Born in France in 1581, he distinguished himself throughout his life by his compassion, humility, and generosity. No wonder he is known as the “Great Apostle of Charity” and is the patron saint of […]

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St. Raphael

St. Raphael is one of the Archangels of God. He is mentioned by name in the Book of Tobit which is considered canonical by Catholics. In Catholic art, stained glass windows sometimes show Raphael standing on top of a large fish, or holding a fish at the end of a line. This refers to the […]

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St. Padre Pio

St. Padre Pio was originally named Francesco Forgione, born in Italy in 1887. He was clearly an extraordinary child who was drawn to the priesthood from an early age. He was named Padre Pio (meaning Pious) after being ordained into the priesthood. At about the age of 30, when praying in front of a crucifix […]

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St. Sophia

Very little is known about St. Sophia, only that she lived in Egypt in the third century. She became a martyr in Alexandria when she was beheaded during the reign of Emperor Claudinus (or Claudius). Those who perished with her included St. Irene and St. Castor. Her feast day is celebrated on September 18th. She […]

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St. Robert Bellarmine

Robert Bellarmine lived in the sixteenth century and was one of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation. He was born in Italy, the third of ten children. Robert joined the Jesuits, and became a cardinal of the Catholic Church. He has been named a Doctor of the Church and was canonized in 1930. St. […]

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St. Sofia

St. Sofia was born in Italy in the second century AD. She had three daughters named Faith, Hope and Love. All three daughters were cruelly martyred during the reign of Hadrian, each one being beaten, tortured and beheaded. Sofia buried her daughters’ bodies and then remained at their graves until she died three days later. […]

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St. Nicholas of Tolentino

St. Nicholas of Tolentino was named after St. Nicholas of Myra. His middle-aged parents were so thankful that their prayers to St. Nicholas for a child had been answered, that they named their son Nicholas. He was born in 1245 in Italy. At the age of sixteen Nicholas became an Augustinian Friar, and was ordained […]

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