Stained glass window of Saints Peter and Barnabas in the cathedral of Saint Corentin| photo by Thesupermat

Saint Barnabas

June 11. What little we know about Saint Barnabas comes to us from Acts of the Apostles, where he plays a fairly big role in the expansion of the early Church. Closely associated with Saint Paul, he shared in several of Paul’s trips and difficulties.

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Blessed Joachima | unknown

Blessed Joachima

June 10. Blessed Joachima was a wife, mother, widow, and founder of the Carmelite Sisters of Charity. Used to taking care of others, she experienced total dependency on others toward the end of her life.

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Detail | Tryiptych of Saints George, John of Damascus, Ephrem the Syrian | Unknown

Saint Ephrem

June 9. Saint Ephrem was ordained a deacon, but refused ordination to the priesthood. He was a teacher, defender of the faith, and a prolific writer. He refuted many heresies of his day, often through the lyrics of hymns that he wrote.

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Medieval carved plaque showing Saint William of York as he cross the River Ouse | photo by Katy Stuart

Saint William of York

June 8. Saint William of York, also Saint William fitzHerbert, faced great obstacles as Archbishop of York just trying to take hold of his diocese. His ordination as bishop was refused, then it was performed by another bishop but then not recognized by Rome, and then, when he finally took over his diocese, he died within a few months.

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Memorial for Franz Jägerstätter in St. Radegund | photo by Sziklai

Blessed Franz Jägerstätter

June 7. Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter, a married man with children, refused to serve in Hitler’s army and was arrested and executed as a result. Not condemning fellow Catholics who did serve, Blessed Franz felt he had to follow his conscience and resist.

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St. Norbert | Marten Pepijn

Saint Norbert

June 6. Saint Norbert founded the order with the most difficult name to pronounce and spell—Praemonstratensians. Perhaps that’s why they go by the name of Norbertines. But this order was anything but hard to appreciate when it comes to the work they did. They were very effective in converting heretics and reconciling enemies.

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Saint Boniface. Engraving | H. Kipp after K. Clasen

Saint Boniface

June 5. Saint Boniface was an English Benedictine monk who made it his life’s mission to convert the Germanic tribes to Christianity. He found it was no easy task and ended up giving his life for the cause. Boniface was martyred on June 5, 754.

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Blessed Angelina of Marsciano (also, of Montegiove, or of Corbara) | author uncertain

Blessed Angeline of Marsciano

June 4. Blessed Angeline of Marsciano founded the first Third Order community of women in the Franciscan family; something new in her day. While briefly married, Blessed Angeline did not set aside the vow of perpetual chastity she'd made as a child. She spent her life caring for the sick and the poor.

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Stained glass of Saint Charles Lwanga | photo by Rachel Strohm

Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions

June 3. Today we celebrate 22 martyrs of Uganda, Saints Charles Lwanga and Companions. Their stories are set in the court of a chief who did not share their faith. Even though they were pages in his court, their faith meant more to them than his approval and support.

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Illumination from the Passionary of Weissenau | Frater Rufillus

Saints Marcellinus and Peter

June 2. We know very little about these two martyrs, but Saints Marcellinus and Peter are mentioned in the First Eucharistic Prayer of the Roman liturgy. They made the ultimate sacrifice for the faith and are remembered by the faithful for that reason.

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