Know Your Saints

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

St. Pio of Pietrelcina — ‘Padre Pio’ — patiently suffered Stigmatic wounds

St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Sept. 23)
Patron of civil defense volunteers, adolescents, stress relief and the January blues

On Sept. 23, the Catholic Church remembers the Italian Franciscan priest St. Pio of Petrelcina, better known as “Padre Pio” and known for his suffering, humility and miracles. The man later known by these names was originally named Francesco Forgione, born to his parents Grazio and Maria in 1887. His parents had seven children, two…

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…