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Saints for Today: Josephine Bakhita, Religious Sister (1869-1947)

Kidnapped and sold into slavery at the age of seven by Arab slave traders, this Sudanese child received the name Bakhita, meaning “fortunate,” from her captors.

Saints for Today: Anthony, Abbot (241-356)

Anthony became the disciple of a local hermit. When this proved not a strict enough way of life, he retired farther into the desert for twenty years and became known for his innumerable miracles.

Saints for Today: John Paul II, Pope

John Paul II was so unrestrainedly loved, not just among Catholics but also beyond the Church.

Saints for Today: Our Lady of the Rosary

The development of the rosary goes back many centuries and contains a unique history.

Saints for Today: Bernardine of Siena, Friar (1380-1444)

Bernardine preached at great length, sometimes for as much as four hours. For nearly a quarter of a century he crisscrossed Italy on foot, calling people to repentance.

Saints for Today: Matthias, Apostle & Martyr (1st c.)

Matthias was appointed an Apostle following the betrayal and suicide of Judas Iscariot

Saints for Today: Valentine, Bishop & Martyr (3rd century)

Whoever he was, Valentine did really exist, because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine

Saints for Today: John Bosco, Priest (1815-1888)

He was ordained a priest in 1841 and soon settled into his life work: the education and apostolate of boys and young men, especially of the working class.

Dr. Jean Lee

Columnist

Jean M. Lee, M.A., D.Min., is a licensed behavioral health and substance abuse counselor, founding a nonprofit, state-licensed behavior health counseling agency and Christian gift/book store. A Catholic revert after 32 years away from the Church, she is devout in the Catholic faith, loves the saints, and lives a deeper spiritual/religious and more joyful life since returning to the Church.