Saint John Capistrano | Stained glass window in the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC. | photo by Lawrence OP

Saint John of Capistrano

October 23. Born at a time when the bubonic plague had decimated the population and the Church was split with two, maybe three, claimants to the papacy, Saint John Capistrano was a voice of strength and hope. He was known for his preaching and his ability to reconcile warring factions. His talents were felt in the Church and in the Franciscan Order.

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Saint Anthony Mary Claret | Saints in Rome and Beyond

Saint Anthony Mary Claret

October 24. Anthony Claret was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and publisher, archbishop and refugee. He was a Spaniard whose work took him to the Canary Islands, Cuba, Madrid, Paris, and to the First Vatican Council.

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Statue of Saint Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão | Cathedral of Saint Anthony, Guaratinguetá | photo by Zééh.mané

Saint Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão

October 25. Born in Guarantingueta near São Paulo, Antônio attended the Jesuit seminary in Belem but later decided to become a Franciscan friar. Invested in 1760, he made final profession the following year and was ordained in 1762.

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Saint Peter of Alcántara | Luis Tristán

Saint Peter of Alcantara

October 26. Saint Peter of Alcantara lived in the 16th century, a time of great Church reform. He was confessor for Saint Teresa of Avila, another great reformer. Saint Peter was known for his life of penitance and the virtue of patience. He founded a branch of the Franciscans known as the Alcantarines.

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Statue of Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza | Monastery of Saint Bartholomew-Saint Anthony, Vicenza, Italy | photo by Claudio Gioseffi

Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza

October 27. Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza, a Dominican, challenged the heresies of his day. Known for his ability to preach, he overcame his adversaries and helped his diocese become more loyal to Rome in a time when anti-papal feeling ran high.

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San Simón | Jusepe de Ribera ; Saint Jude Thaddeus | Georges de La Tour

Saints Simon and Jude

October 28. Legend has it that Saints Simon and Jude traveled to Persia together where they were both martyred. This may explain why they share the same feast day. Saint Simon is usually referred to as "the Zealot,” and Saint Jude, also known as Thaddeus, is often considered the brother of Saint James the Lesser.

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Saint Narcissus of Jerusalem | in Caractâeristiques des saints dans l'art populaire | photo by Internet Archive Book Images

Saint Narcissus of Jerusalem

October 29. Some speculate that Saint Narcissus lived well beyond 100; some say he lived to 160. We don't know much about him, but a number of miracles are attributed to him. Narcissus served as bishop of Jerusalem in the late 2nd century.

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Detail | Vision of Alphonsus Rodriguez | Francisco de Zurbarán

Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez

October 30. Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez lost his mother, wife, and daughter within a period of three years. He retired to his sister’s home, and after the death of his son, he entered the Jesuit Order, where he served as college porter. Saint Peter Claver was a seminarian during Saint Alphonsus’ time at the college.

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Statue of Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg | main altar, Parish church in Metnitz | Raul de Chissota

Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg

October 31. Saint Wolfgang served many years as a teacher before becoming a Benedictine monk. He was named the bishop of Regensburg by the emperor and served reluctantly but well until his death in 994.

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Evening of All Saints' Day at Malmi Cemetery, Helsinki, Finland | photo by Jori Samonen | flickr

Solemnity of All Saints

November 1. While many saints have a specific feast day on which we celebrate their lives and work, the vast majority of the saints of heaven do not. Today we celebrate all of those men, women, and children who have gone before us and on whose shoulders we stand in our faith.

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