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
Witam Cię, Panno, któraś Boskim gońcem Jest, jak zaranna jutrzenka przed słońcem: Rzucam pierwsze Moje wiersze, Hołd ubogi Pod Twe nogi, Mądrości … More

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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Dec. 21, St. Raphael Kalinowski, Priest, had been a tertiary before founding or joining another …

Sometimes we find lives of saints more distressing than encouraging. We read that Saint So-and-So from age three to ninety was always faithful, never doubted, never had a sexual thought, never … More
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Dec. 15, Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Seraphic Order.

This feast recently granted to the Franciscan Order is the logical consequence of the concession which allows them to add to the Litany of our Lady the invocation “Queen of the Order of Friars Minor.… More
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Dec. 14, Bl. Conrad of Offida, Confessor of the first Order.

Blessed Conrad was born in 1241. At the age of fifteen, he entered the Order of St. Francis. He began his theological studies with success, then gave them up with great humility to devote himself to … More
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No sorry, I do not know. Perhaps St. Francis?
@kam, do you know who is represented in the person on the left?
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Dec. 13, Bl. Pius Bartosik, Priest, Conventual religious, Martyr 1941

Ludwik Bartosik was born on August 21st, 1909, at Kokanin, near Kalisz. He was the firstborn of Wojciech, shoemaker, and Wiktoria Tomczyk. His parents were very poor. Thanks to the efforts of the … More
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