Saints

St. Patrick

Feast Day:  17th March

Patron Saint: Ireland and Nigeria.

When Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured by pirates from his home in Roman Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he looked after animals.  He lived there for six years and during this time he learned the local language and became closer to God. 

Patrick escaped captivity and returned to his family in his early twenties. He later travelled to France where he trained in a monastery, possibly under Saint Germain, the Bishop of Auxerre. He dedicated his life to learning. It is thought, twelve years later he returned to Ireland sent with the Pope's blessing. As he knew the language, he could preach to people and baptise them and he also married couples. He established monasteries, schools, and churches. He brought Christianity to Ireland and converted people to his religion. He is credited as being the first bishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland.   Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the holy trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).

We cannot be certain exactly when Patrick was born or when he died but there is evidence of him being in Ireland in the 5th Century. Saint Patrick's Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses in Ireland, it is a holy day of obligation.  All around the world, St. Patrick and Ireland is celebrated on this day.

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St. Teresa of Calcutta

Feast Day: 5th September

Born: 26th August 1910

Died: 5th September 1997

Patron Saint:  World Youth Day, Missionaries of Charity, Archdiocese of Calcutta.

Agnes Bojaxhiu was born in the city of Skopje, which is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, in August 1910.  Her mother died when she was eight years old, and she was brought up by her father.

At 18, she went to Ireland and joined the Sisters of Lorreto and became a missionary in India. Based in Darjeeling, she learnt the language so that she could teach in a local school. Eight years later, she made her solemn vows and took the name Teresa after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. In 1946 she had what she called, “the call within the call,” and experienced interior visions that led her to the conviction that Christ was calling her to serve “the poorest of the poor.”  Inspired by what she was doing, many other women joined her. This is how the Missionaries of Charity was formed and she became known as Mother Teresa.

Her legacy continues today through the work of over 4500 sisters who care for people all over the world, run schools, soup kitchens and homes for orphaned children.

During her life she won awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India’s highest civilian award in 1980.  In 2003 Pope John Paul II began the process of making her a saint and she was canonised as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in September 2016 by Pope Francis.

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St. Joseph

Feast Day: 19th March

Patron Saint:  fathers, Catholic Church, unborn children, happy death, carpenters, pilgrims, and immigrants (to name but a few).

Joseph was the husband of Mary and Jesus’ foster father. Saints Luke and Matthew both comment that he is a descendant from David, who was thought of as the greatest king of Israel (Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38). From the Bible, we learn that he was a carpenter and a hard-working man.  He was not thought to be rich as when he and Mary presented Jesus in the temple he offered two turtledoves as a sacrifice, which was allowed if you could not afford a lamb (Luke 2:24). There are no spoken words recorded by Saint Joseph in the Bible.

 

Joseph was a man of action and protected Jesus when God told him to go to Egypt and protect Jesus from King Herod. He was compassionate and loving towards Mary and Jesus and he listened to and respected God.  Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus' public life, at his death, or resurrection, many people believe Joseph probably had died before Jesus entered public ministry. It is believed that he died in the arms of Jesus and Mary which is why he is the patron of a happy death.

 

Saint Joseph’s feast day is 19th March which is always during Lent.  Many countries around the world celebrate and remember Saint Joseph’s life and example on this day. In Spain people celebrate Father’s Day, El Dia del Padre, on this day.

 

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