Know Your Saints

Getting to know your heavenly family and that great “cloud of witnesses”

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) offered suffering at Auschwitz to God

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) (Aug. 9)

Patron of Europe, loss of parents, martyrs and World Youth Day

On Aug. 9, the Catholic Church remembers St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, also known as St. Edith Stein. St. Teresa converted from Judaism to Catholicism in the course of her work as a philosopher, and later entered the Carmelite Order. She died in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz in 1942. Edith Stein was…

St. Bonaventure known as the ‘second founder’ of the Franciscans

July 15 marks the feast day of St. Bonaventure, who is called “The Seraphic Doctor” of the Church. St. Bonaventure is known for his leadership of the Franciscans and his great intellectual contributions to theology and philosophy. St. Bonaventure was born in Bagnorea in Tuscany, Italy. He is widely believed to have been born in…

St. Romuald revived hermit life, led his father to repentance

St. Romuald (June 19)
Hermit, founder of Camaldolese monastic order.

St. Romuald, who founded the Camaldolese monastic order during the early 11th century, is remembered on June 19. Working within the Western Church’s Benedictine tradition, he revived the primitive monastic practice of the hermit life, allowing for greater solitude in a communal setting. Born into an aristocratic family during the middle of the 10th century,…

St. Justin Martyr testifies to ancient Church practices regarding liturgy, morality


St. Justin was born around the year 100 in the Palestinian province of Samaria, the son of Greek-speaking parents whose ancestors were sent as colonists to that area of the Roman Empire. Justin’s father followed the Greek pagan religion and raised his son to do the same, but he also provided Justin with an excellent…