Saints Alive! | St. Jean-François Régis

Born to a wealthy family in southern France, St. Jean-François Régis left it behind at the age of 19 to enter the Society of Jesus (the Jesuit Order). Ordained a priest 15 years later he was known for his simplicity and zeal of preaching, and for hearing confessions. Today there are many schools named after him. The luxury hotel, founded by American businessman John Jacob Astor, is named for St. Regis. For more about this saint please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St. Anthony of Padua

Perhaps best known by Christians as the go-to saint for help finding lost articles, St. Anthony of Padua lived a life that was much richer than what many have come to know him for. He influenced many to faith by the zeal by which this Franciscan Friar proclaimed the Gospel in his preaching and theology. He grew up at the turn of the 13th Century and was known for his holiness, visions, and miracles. St. Anthony was declared a Doctor of the Church. For more about this saint please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | Pope St. Leo III

Leo III was the 96th pope from 26 December 795 to his death. Leo III died in 816 after a reign of more than 20 years. He was originally buried in his own monument. However, some years after his death, his remains were put into a tomb that contained the first four popes named Leo. In the 18th century, the relics of Leo the Great (not to be confused with Leo III) were separated from his namesakes, and he was given his own chapel. Leo III was canonized by Clement X, who, in 1673, had Leo's name entered in the Roman Martyrology. For more about this saint please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St. Barnabas (Apostle)

Barnabas, the “son of encouragement,” was the first man fully to appreciate the change wrought in Paul, inviting Paul to accompany him to Antioch. Thus began the great mission to the Gentiles. Together Paul and Barnabas preached to the people there and elsewhere in Asia Minor. John Mark joined them, but left halfway through the mission. After the Council of Jerusalem, Paul refused to preach alongside Barnabas over the issue of circumcision and the behavior of John Mark. Barnabas is considered the patron saint of quarrels for the way he resolved the dispute with Paul, taking John Mark under his wing. He died sometime before the year 63, probably at Salamis in Cyprus (credit: Magnificat, June 2020). For more about this saint please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St. Olivia of Palermo

Saint Olivia is the patron of Trivigliano, Italy. Details of her life are not well known. She is thought to have lived in the 9th century in Sicily and was the daughter of a noble family. At the age of 13 she was kidnapped by Muslims and was possibly taken to Tunis. She is reported to have converted many to Christianity, arousing the wrath of Muslim authorities. It is believed she had been tortured and beheaded. St. Olivia is one of the patron saints of music. For more about this saint please click on the image. Peace be with you!