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Saint Philomena, Patron Saint of Babies, Children and Youth

In May of 1802, excavators of an ancient catacomb came upon the tomb of a young girl bearing this inscription: Pax tecum Filumena – Peace be with you, Philomena. A lily and a palm were among the other images inscribed on the tomb, indicating the young girl’s virginity and martyrdom. […] Read more »





Saint Matthias the Apostle, Patron Saint of Alcoholics

St. Matthias was one of Jesus’ followers from the beginning of His ministry. After the Ascension, Peter directed the 120 disciples assembled in the upper room to choose a replacement for Judas, so there could again be twelve apostles. Matthias and Barsabbas were proposed,  and the lot fell to Matthias. […] Read more »

Saint Lucy, Patron Saint of Eyesight

St. Lucy had vowed her life to the service of Christ. Her rejected bridegroom betrayed Lucy as a Christian. Emperor Diocletian put out her eyes, but the Lord restored them, which is why Saint Lucy is often pictured holding two eyes on a dish. Finally she was killed. May Lucy’s […] Read more »

Saint Jude, Patron Saint of Hopeless Cases

Saint Jude, known as Thaddeus, was the nephew of Mary and Joseph, and a cousin of our Lord. He was the brother of the apostle James the Less. His father was Cleophas, who died a martyr, and his mother’s name was Mary. She stood beneath the cross when Jesus died […] Read more »

Saint John of God, Patron Saint of Heart Patients, the Sick and Dying and Hospital Workers

St. John of God followed every impulse of his heart all his life. His obvious challenge was to discern what was from the Holy Spirit and what was from his own human temptations. He ran away from home in Spain at age eight, never to see his parents again, after […] Read more »

Saint James, Patron Saint of Arthritis and Rheumatism Sufferers

The brothers James and John were among the very first disciples to whom Jesus said, “Follow me.” When Jesus raised Jairu’s daughter from the dead, He only allowed Peter, James, and John to come with him. When He went up to the mountain to pray and be transfigured, they were […] Read more »

Saint Giles, Patron Saint of the Disabled

St. Giles was a seventh century Athenian of noble birth, whose spirituality and learning made him so popular that he left his home and sailed for France, longing for a life of prayer and solitude. Giles spent many years as a hermit alone with God. One day the King’s hunters […] Read more »

Saint Gerard, Patron Saint of Expectant Mothers

St. Gerard Majella enjoyed many mystical experiences and worked many miracles. It is claimed that when Gerard was only 4 years old, a statue of Our Lady and the Infant Jesus came to life and Jesus played with him. From this miraculous encounter, Gerard developed a love for all mothers […] Read more »