Detail | Saint Elizabeth of Hungary | Series of frescoes with scenes from the life of St. Martin of tours in the Lower Church of Saint Francis of Assisi | Simone Martini

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

November 17. She died before her 24th birthday, but in those few years Saint Elizabeth was a wife, mother, queen, widow, the founder of a hospital, and did other charitable works of mercy. For the last three years of her life she was a Secular Franciscan and worked tirelessly for the poor.

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Statue of Saint Paul in front of the facade of the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Wall, Rome | photo by Berthold Werner

Dedication of Churches of Saints Peter and Paul

November 18. St. Peter Basilica is probably the most famous church in Christendom and the largest in the city of Rome. St. Paul Outside-the-Walls is second in size only to St. Peter’s. Built over the presumed graves of these two saints, they are attractive places of prayer for the faithful.

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Saint Agnes of Assisi | France | gift of E. Royall Tyler

Saint Agnes of Assisi

November 19. Often confused with Saint Agnes of Bohemia to whom Saint Clare wrote her famous letters, Saint Agnes of Assisi was Saint Clare’s younger biological sister as well as first follower in the way poverty.

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Mosaic of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne in the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, MO | photo by Andrew Balet

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne

November 20. Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, a Sister of the Society of the Sacred Heart and French by birth, was an early missionary to the United States. There she and her sisters faced formidable difficulties, but finally settled in Missouri and built the first free school west of the Mississippi in the town of St. Charles.

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Presentation of Mary in the Temple | Alfonso Boschi | photo by sailko

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

November 21. This feast celebrates Mary's presentation in the Temple by her parents Anna and Joachim. While it is not mentioned in Scripture, there is early evidence that this event was celebrated in both the Eastern and Western Churches.

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Saint Cecilia | photo by Jill Watson | flickr

Saint Cecilia

November 22. Although there is little historical evidence concerning the life of Saint Cecilia, she is one of the famous martyrs of the Church in Rome. She is mentioned in the list of saints in the first Eucharistic Prayer--Roman Canon. Cecilia is often depicted playing an organ.

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The blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, Mexican Jesuit | photo by Grentidez

Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro

November 23. Faced with persecution and possible death, Blessed Miguel Pro returned to his native Mexico after his ordination to minister to the people of God. Within a couple of years, he was arrested on trumped-up charges and executed.

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St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companion Martyrs | photo by Lawrence OP | flickr

Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions

November 24. Saint Andrew Dung-Lac was one of the 117 people martyred in Vietnam between 1820 and 1862. While members of this group were beatified on four different occasions between 1900 and 1951, all were canonized by Pope John Paul II.

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St Catherine with Angels | photo by Lawrence OP | flickr

Saint Catherine of Alexandria

November 25. According to the Legend of St. Catherine, this saint was instrumental in the conversion of 50 pagan philosophers as well as over 200 soldiers and royal family members.

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Saint Columba | photo by Lawrence | flickr

Saint Columban

November 26. Saint Columban was an Irish missionary who worked on the European continent. He and 12 companions traveled to Gaul where they won the respect of the people. Columnban established several monasteries in Europe.

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