Choose Your Saint 

 You may have noticed that three the prayer corners in the church have statues.  They are:  Our Lady of Grace, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and St. Joseph.  There is one niche that does not yet have a statue.  We would like you to help decide which saint we should honor with a statue.

Below are short biographies of five saints for you to consider. Please read them over and discuss them with your family and friends.  Which saint would best inspire us and helps us become a stronger community of faith?



1.Saint Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)                                                     Doctor of the Church

St. Anthony was born in Lisbon and was originally a Dominican canon.  Inspired by the enthusiasm of group of Franciscan missionaries, he joined the Franciscans in Italy.  He was assigned to a small hospice at Monte Paulo.  Hearing Anthony speak at an event, St. Francis authorized him to preach and to teach theology to the Friars.  Anthony eventually traveled throughout Italy, and inspired a spiritual renewal.

Anthony was 36 when he died in Padua on June 13, 1231.  He was canonized a following year; in 1946 Pope Pius XII declared him a Doctor of the Church.  St. Anthony is popularly implored to help find lost objects:  “Tony, Tony, looked around; something’s lost and can’t be found.”

 

2. St. Jude Apostle                                                                                          (1st Century)

St. Jude (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot) was one of the original Twelve Apostles.  He is regarded and invoked as the “patron of hopeless causes.”  Jude is mentioned in the Gospel of John at the Last Supper when he asked Jesus why he did not reveal himself to the world.

Jude is supposedly the author of the shortest book in the New Testament, “The Letter of Jude.”  Eventually, Jude traveled to Persia (present day Iran), where he preached the Gospel until his martyrdom.  This is the saint in whose honor Danny Thomas established the world- renowned, St. Jude’s Children Hospital in Memphis, TN, where children dealing with cancer receive free medical treatment.

 
3. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)                                                 Foundress, Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was born in New York City to a wealthy and staunch Episcopalian family.  She married a successful businessman, William Seton, with whom she had five children.  After her husband’s business failed, in he contracted tuberculosis.  In an effort to improve his health, they sailed to Italy, but William did not survive the trip. 

Elizabeth and her daughter stayed several months with their Catholic hosts.  She was so inspired by their deep faith and loving care, that she embraced the Catholic and was baptized.  When she returned to New York City, she encountered strong anti-Catholic prejudice among her family and friends.  Her family disowned her, leaving penniless and isolated.

A priest in Baltimore heard of her situation and invited her to start a school in his parish.  Her efforts attracted a number of women, and they formed the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, the first American religious congregation in

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* 1. Saint Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)                                                                         Doctor of the Church

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* 2. St. Jude Apostle                                                                                                         (1st Century)

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* 3. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)                                                                    Foundress, Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph

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* 4. Saint Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)
Carmelite Nun, Doctor of the Church

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* 5. Saint Katharine Drexel (1858-1955)                                                                 Foundress, Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

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