Athanasius of Alexandria

Athanasius I Feast Day: May 2
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

When we talk about St. Athanasius, we use two important words–“orthodoxy” and “heresy.” Orthodoxy means right belief. Heresy means false…

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José María Rubio y Peralta

Feast Day: May 2 (memorial); May 4 (Proper Calendar of the Society of Jesus)
Canonized: May 4, 2003
Beatified: October 6, 1985
Venerated: January 12, 1984

Born in 1864 and raised in a large farm family in Spain, José entered the seminary in 1876 when he was only 12 years old. After ordination in 1887, he worked as a parish priest and was a professor at the…

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James the Less, Apostle

Saint James the Just

Feast Day: May 3
Canonization: Pre-Congregation

James was given the nickname “the Less” so that he would not be confused with the other Apostle named James, whose feast we celebrate on July 25. We believe that…

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Philip the Apostle

Albrecht Dürer 009

Feast Day: May 3 (Roman Catholic Church)
Feast Day: Nov 17 (Armenian Church) Nov 18 (Coptic Church)
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Philip and James were both…

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Edmund Rice

Edmund Ignatius Rice

Feast Day:  May 5
Venerated: April 2, 1993


Can you imagine what it would be like if it were a crime for children to go school? That was the law in Ireland when Edmund Rice, who was born in 1762, grew up.…

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Dominic Savio

Feast Day: May 6
Canonized: June 12, 1954
Beatified: March 5, 1950
Venerated: July 11, 1933

It isn’t always easy to be different from others, but Dominic, who was born in 1842, was different. Even as a young boy, he had great faith. His parents taught him how important it was for him to put Jesus first in his life. They had one other goal for Dominic. They wanted him to learn to read and write,…

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Damien de Veuster

Father Damien, photograph by William Brigham

Feast Day: May 10
Canonized: October 11, 2009
Beatified: June 3, 1995

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Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich

Feast Day: May 13
Venerated: Popular Devotion

In the 14th century, a number of English men and women withdrew from the world. They lived alone as…

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Matthias the Apostle

Sant Matías

Feast Day: May 14 (Roman Catholic)
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

If you were running for election, what qualifications would you have to offer to voters? Why should they elect you?

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