Saint Joseph

90 BC (Bethlehem, Israel) – 18 AD (Nazareth, Israel) Do you know who Jesus’ dad is? That’s right – it is God the Father. And do you know who Saint Joseph was? He was Mary’s husband and looked after Jesus like a dad while he was on Earth. It was with the help of Saint…

Servant of God Dorothy Day

1897 (New York, USA) – 1980 (New York, USA) As a little girl, Dorothy lived near San Francisco in California. Do you know where that is? That’s right, it is in the United States of America. When Dorothy was eight years old, a mighty earthquake hit San Francisco and killed 3000 people. Almost all of…

Blessed Óscar Romero

1917 (Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador) – 1980 (San Salvador, El Salvador) When Óscar was a little boy, he helped his dad, who was a postman, deliver letters and postcards in his neighborhood. As he grew older, he even learned how to make tables, chairs, shelves, and other things out of wood, and he was on…

Servant of God Enrique Shaw

1921 (Paris, France) – 1962 (Buenos Aires, Argentina) While the great majority of saints have chosen to live in poverty, Enrique Shaw came from a very rich family and was a rich man himself. How is that possible, when Jesus said “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle…

Saint Bishoy

320 AD (Shansa, Egypt) – 417 AD (Mountain of Ansena, Egypt) Around 1700 years ago, there lived a boy called Bishoy in a small village in Egypt. Bishoy had six brothers and his family were all Christians. One day his mum saw an angel who said to her: “God asks you to give him one…

Servant of God Guido Schäffer

1974 (Volta Redonda, Brazil) – 2009 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) When you think of a saint, what kind of person comes to mind? A priest like St. Ignatius, a nun like St. Terese, someone who does great heroic deeds like St. George, or someone who helps the poor like St. Elizabeth? How about a surfer?…

Servant of God Igino “Foco” Giordani

1894 (Tivoli, Italy) – 1980 (Rocca di Papa, Italy) Igino Giordani was born in Italy over a hundred years ago. When he turned eight, he started to learn to become a bricklayer, like his dad. Do you know what it’s like to work as a bricklayer? It’s pretty hard even for an adult! Igino’s family…

Servant of God Chiara Lubich

1920 (Trent, Italy) – 2008 (Rocca di Papa, Italy) Silvia was born in the north of Italy when war was raging across Europe. Her parents had a clear idea of what was good and felt very strongly for the poor. This wasn’t popular at the time, so Silvia’s dad lost his job and they lived…

Servant of God Justo Takayama

1552 AD (Haibara, Japan) – 1615 AD (Manila, Philippines) Takayama Hikogorō lived 450 years ago in Japan and was a powerful and fearless warrior – a samurai. For a samurai, the most important thing is honor, and doing whatever his master – a lord, a general, or the emperor – tells him, even if it…

Venerable Attilio Giordani

1913 AD (Milan, Italy) – 1972 (Mato Grosso, Brazil) Venerable Attilio Giordani was unlike many of the saints in this book. He didn’t do miracles like St. Francis or St. Elizabeth. He didn’t create beautiful works of art like St. Andrej or Antoni Gaudi. He didn’t discover important things about God or nature, like St….

Saint Monica and Saint Augustine

Monica: 331 AD (Souk Ahras, Algeria) – 387 AD (Ostia, Italy) Augustine: 354 AD (Souk Ahras, Algeria) – 430 AD (Annaba, Algeria) Have you ever heard of Saints Monica and Augustine? Did you know that Saint Monica was Saint Augustine’s mum and that for a long time Saint Augustine didn’t live like a saint at…

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

1491 (Loyola, Spain) – 1556 (Rome, Italy) Saint Ignatius was a great saint, who always wanted to be the best at everything. When he was little, he wanted to be a famous hero and he grew up to be an outstanding knight. Would you like to be a hero too? One day, during a fierce…