Saint John Macías

1585 AD (Ribera del Fresno, Spain) – 1645 AD (Lima, Peru) When saint John Macias was only four years old, he already worked as a shepherd. He would spend the whole day out in the meadows, making sure that the sheep he was looking after were safe and herding them to where they would find…

Saint Hildegard von Bingen

1098 AD (Bermersheim vor der Höhe, Germany) – 1179 AD (Bingen am Rhein, Germany) Imagine being three years old and suddenly seeing something beautiful but strange appearing before your eyes. You would know straightaway that it was special, but you probably would not know what it was. That is precisely how Saint Hildegard felt when…

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

1922 AD (Magenta, Italy) – 1962 AD (Monza, Italy) Saint Gianna, which in English means Jane, was a great saint who lived not such a long time ago in Italy. Already when she was little, she knew that her life was a gift from God. Did you know that your life, and the lives of…

Saint Thomas More

1478 AD (London, England) – 1535 AD (London, England) Imagine if only boys were allowed to go to school and later become scientists, doctors or lawyers and girls had to stay at home and do house work. How about if it were the other way around? Neither would be fair, would it? Sadly that is…

Saint Martin

316 AD (Szombathely, Hungary) – 397 AD (Candes-Saint- Martin, France) Saint Martin was born about 1700 years ago in the Great Roman Empire. He was the son of a soldier and wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps. It must have been pretty cool to be a soldier back then, riding around on horseback in…

Saint George

280 AD (Lod, Israel) – 23 April 303 AD (Nicomedia, Turkey) You have probably heard about the legend of Saint George and the dragon. But did you know the true, and even more amazing story of how he stood up to a powerful emperor? Saint George was an officer in the Roman army and a…

Saint Thomas the Apostle

1st century AD (Galilee, Israel) – 72 AD (Mylapore, India) Saint Thomas was one of Jesus’ best friends, one of his twelve disciples. Do you know what his name means? In Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, it means “twin.” And Thomas really tried to be like Jesus’ twin, following everything Jesus did. One time Jesus…

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

1873 AD (Alençon, France) – 1897 AD (Lisieux, France) Saint Thérèse is one of my all-time favorite saints and I hope she will be yours too after you hear this story. From among the hundreds of saints whose example the Church encourages us to follow, only 35 have been picked as “Doctors of the Church.”…

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

1910 AD (Skopje, Macedonia) – 1997 AD (Calcutta, India) Saint Teresa was born in Macedonia into an Albanian family. From early childhood she was fascinated by missionaries, who travel to faraway places to tell people about Jesus who have never heard about him before. And when Teresa was 12, she was convinced that she should become…

Saint Teresa of Ávila

1515 AD (Ávila, Spain) – 1582 AD (Salamanca, Spain) Saint Teresa of Ávila, who lived in Spain and was a friend of Saint John of the Cross, wanted to follow Jesus ever since she was a little girl. At the age of seven she decided to give her life to Jesus and when she grew…

Saint Philip Neri

1515 AD (Florence, Italy) – 1595 AD (Rome, Italy) If you had lived in Rome around five hundred years ago, you could have met a very funny and friendly man. At first he would have looked no different from any other pedestrian in that great city. But, as soon as you’d start talking to him,…

Blessed Nicolas Steno

1638 AD (Copenhagen, Denmark) – 1686 AD (Schwerin, Germany) Do you know how saliva is made, how fossils get trapped in rocks and why crystals have their shiny faces at the angles they do? Before Blessed Nicolas no one knew either, but his brilliant work as a scientist lead to answers to these and other…