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Saint Paschal Baylon

Saint of the Day for May 17 (May 24, 1540 – May 15, 1592) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Paschal Baylon’s storyIn Paschal’s lifetime the Spanish empire in the New World was at the height of its power, though France and England were soon to reduce its influence. The 16th century has been called the Golden…
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Saint Margaret of Cortona

Saint of the Day for May 16 (1247 – February 22, 1297) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Margaret of Cortona’s StoryMargaret was born of farming parents in Laviano, Tuscany. Her mother died when Margaret was seven; life with her stepmother was so difficult that Margaret moved out. For nine years she lived with Arsenio, though they…
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Saint Isidore

Saint of the Day for May 15 (1070 – May 15, 1130) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Isidore the Farmer’s StoryIsidore has become the patron of farmers and rural communities. In particular, he is the patron of Madrid, Spain, and of the United States National Rural Life Conference.When he was barely old enough to wield a…
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Saint Matthias

Saint of the Day for May 14 (? – ?) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Matthias’ StoryAccording to Acts 1:15-26, during the days after the Ascension Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers—about 120 of Jesus’ followers. Now that Judas had betrayed his ministry, it was necessary, Peter said, to fulfill the scriptural recommendation…
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Our Lady of Fatima

Saint of the Day for May 13 Posted from FranciscanMedia.org The Story of Our Lady of FatimaBetween May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children–Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lucia dos Santos–received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria near Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. Mary asked the…
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Saint Leopold Mandic

Saint of the Day for May 12 (May 12, 1866 – July 30, 1942) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Leopold Mandic’s storyWestern Christians who are working for greater dialogue with Orthodox Christians may be reaping the fruits of Father Leopold’s prayers.A native of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capuchin Franciscans and was ordained several years later in…
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Saint Ignatius of Laconi

Saint of the Day for May 11 (December 17, 1701 – May 11, 1781) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Ignatius of Laconi’s StoryIgnatius is another sainted begging brother.He was the second of seven children of peasant parents in Sardinia. His path to the Franciscans was unusual. During a serious illness, Ignatius vowed to become a Capuchin…
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Saint Damien de Veuster

Saint of the Day for May 10 (January 3, 1840 – April 15, 1889) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Damien de Veuster of Moloka’i’s StoryWhen Joseph de Veuster was born in Tremelo, Belgium, in 1840, few people in Europe had any firsthand knowledge of leprosy, Hansen’s disease. By the time he died at the age of…
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Saint John of Avila

Saint of the Day for May 9 (c. 1500 – May 10, 1569) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint John of Avila’s StoryBorn in the Castile region of Spain, John was sent at the age of 14 to the University of Salamanca to study law. He later moved to Alcala, where he studied philosophy and theology before…
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Saint Peter of Tarentaise

Saint of the Day for May 8 (1102 – 1174) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Peter of Tarentaise’s StoryThere are two men named Saint Peter of Tarentaise who lived one century apart. The man we honor today is the elder Peter, born in France in the early part of the 12th century. The other man with…
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