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June 13, St. Anthony of Padua, Confessor, Doctor of the third Order.

The glorious death of the first Franciscan martyrs was the occasion used by God to draw young Ferdinand de Bouillon to the Order. He took the name of Anthony. He left the Canons Regular of the Holy … More
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May 30, St. Ferdinand III, King, Confessor of the third Order.

St. Ferdinand III, King of Castille (Spain), a disciple of Francis in the Third Order, was the nephew of Blanche of Castille, and first cousin to St. Louis. Born around the year 1200, he was brought … More
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April 24, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest, Capuchin, martyr.

Born at Sigmaringen of prominent family in the principality of Hohenzollern, in the year 1577, St Fidelis of Sigmaringen received the name Mark in baptism. He was fortunately endowed both by nature … More
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March 26, Bl. Diego Joseph of Cadiz, Confessor of the first Order.

Blessed Diego who was born in Cadiz on March 29, 1743, heeded God’s call at an early age. But his vocation was tested for he was prevented from entering the Capuchins because of a pronounced stutter … More
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Blessed Diego Joseph of Cadiz; Pray for us
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March 14, St. Catherine of Genoa, Virgin, Franciscan Third Order Secular.

Catarinetta (little Catherine) Fieschi, child of a noble family of Genoa, was born 1447. At thirteen she wanted to enter a convent, but was refused admission because of her youth. When she was … More
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March 6, St. Colette of Corbie, Virgin of the second Order.

Colette Boilet was born in Corbie (France) in 1380. Her pious parents brought her up in the fear and love of God. She was raised up by divine Providence to reform the Order of St. Clare, which had … More
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Feb. 27, Bl. Louise Albertoni, Virgin, Franciscan Third Order Secular.

Louise first saw the light of the world at Rome in the year 1474. Her parents belonged to the distinguished families of this city because of their wealth, but still more because of their piety. They … More
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Feb. 23, Bl. Isabelle of France, Virgin of the Franciscan 2nd-Order; a "Poor Clare" sister.

Isabella was the sister of King Saint Loius IX of France. Her mother, the saintly Queen Blance, bore this child special affection because, after the death of her husband, Isabella was the only … More
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Feb. 21, St. Margaret of Cortona, penitent, Franciscan Third Order Secular, d. 1297, Plenary Indulg…

St. Margaret, the “Mary Magdalen of the Seraphic Order”, will always be a comforting example of the infinite mercy of God, and the subject of legitimate hope for all sinners. Her life had been … More
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Feb. 15, The Translation of St. Anthony of Padua.

St. Anthony died on June 13, 1231, and was canonized in the following year on the feast of Pentecost. In 1263, St. Bonaventure, Minister General of the Order, had the tomb opened, and the holy … More
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Feb. 7, Bl. Rizzerius of Muzia, Confessor of the first Order.

Blessed Rizzerius was born at Muzia towards the end of the 12th century, to a noble and wealthy family. While a student at the University of Bologna, he was moved by a sermon of St. Francis and … More
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Feb. 5, St. Peter Baptist and His Companions, Martyrs of the first and third Orders.

St. Peter Baptist, leader of the glorious band who were the first to be martyred in Japan, was born in Spain. Entering the Order of St. Francis when he was quite young, he was conspicuous for his … More
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St. Hyacinth Mariscotti, Virgin of the third Order.

St. Hyacinth, of the noble family of Mariscotti, was one of those privileged souls on whom God has abundantly poured the riches of His mercy. She became a nun in a convent of the Regular Third Order … More
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Jan. 23, Espousals of the Blessed Virgin Mary with St. Joseph.

At the age of thirteen and a half years, Mary had an abstractive vision of God. In this vision, we might say, happened something similar to that which the holy Scriptures relate of Abraham, when God … More
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O` Holy Mary Every Virgin and conceived without sin: Pray for us that have recourse to thee. Amen Most Chaste St. Joseph; Pray for us. Amen More
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St. Vincent Pallotti, priest, Franciscan Third Order Secular.

This unpretentious man, Saint Vincent Pallotti, who out of respect for God omnipresent always went bareheaded, is one of the glories of the Catholic clergy, the pillars of the Church in troublesome … More
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Jan. 16, Sts. Berard and Companions, Protomartyrs of the Order.

In 1219, St. Francis sent Berard, Peter and Otto as priests, and Adjustus and Accursius, two lay brothers, to preach the gospel to the Moslems in Morocco. Like the apostles, they left without money … More
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Jan. 2, Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.

This feast originated with the Franciscans of the Observance. St. Bernardine of Siena promoted devotion to the holy Name of Jesus and St. John of Capistrano defended it. St. James of the March, Bl. … More
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Bl. Margaret Colonna, Virgin, the Franciscan 2nd-Order; a "Poor Clare" sister.

A member of the princely Roman family of the Colonna, Margaret was born in Rome, the capital of Christendom, in 1210. Very early in life she lost both her parents. She was then placed under the … More
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Bl Gerard Cagnoli, lay brother, religious of the Franciscan 1st Order.

Gerard was born in Valencia near the River Po, and belonged to the noble family of the Cagnoli. For fourteen years his mother lay ill, and during all this time Gerard waited on her with the tender … More
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Dec. 27, Bl. Matthia Nazzarei, Virgin, the Franciscan 2nd-Order; a "Poor Clare" sister.

The family of the Nazzarei was one of the wealthiest and most distinguished of Matelica in the Italian province of the March. Matthia, however, esteemed virtue and nobility of soul more than all … More
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