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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Orthodox service for the Faithful Departed | Vasily Vereshchagin

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

November 2. Following the ancient tradition within the Church of offering prayers for the faithful departed, today we offer our prayers for all of our deceased relatives and friends, trusting in the power of prayer and the infinite mercy of God.

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Saint Martin de Porres | St Dominic's priory church in London | photo by Lawrence OP

Saint Martin de Porres

November 3. Due to racial and social prejudices, Saint Martin de Porres might have grown to be a bitter man, but he did not. Instead, he turned to the needs of others and generously cared for the poor and downcast. He was known for his goodness to, and love of others, regardless of their race.

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Saint Carlo Borromeo, cardinal of Milan | Wellcome Images

Saint Charles Borromeo

November 4. Saint Charles Borromeo lived during the time of the Protestant Reformation, and helped with the reform of the whole Church during the final years of the Council of Trent. He also reformed the Catholic life of his diocese. Charles Borromeo was a member of the Medici family, but unlike many of his relatives, he devoted his life to the Church.

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Venerable Solanus Casey Shrine | Saint Mary Magdalen Church, Brighton, Michigan | photo by Nheyob

Venerable Solanus Casey

November 5. Venerable Solanus Casey became one of Detroit’s best-known priests, even though he was not allowed to preach formally or to hear confessions. Difficulties with studies led to his being limited in some areas of ministry, but he certainly shone in others. The well beloved friar is a modern day example of humility and perseverance.

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Altar of Saint Nikola Tavelić in church of St. Francis of Assisi, Šibenik, Croatia | photo by ignot

Saint Nicholas Tavelic and Companions

November 6. Saint Nicholas of Tavelic and his companions were martyred in the Holy Land in 1391. While their method of evangelization is different than what we would use today, their zeal and courage are evident in their actions. They stand alone as canonized martyrs of the Holy Land.

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San Diego (Didacus) de Alcalá | Francisco de Zurbarán

Saint Didacus

November 7. Saint Didacus was a Spanish Franciscan known for his spiritual insights and his penitential practices. He was a missionary to the Canary Islands and aided the sick in Rome. His travels and ministries did not distract him from his prayer and contemplation.

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Detail | Stained glass in Franciscan Convent Chapel in Paris | Saints Bonaventure, John Duns Scotus, Anthony of Padua, and Paschal Baylon | André Pierre and P. Villette | photo by GFreihalter

Blessed John Duns Scotus

November 8. Blessed John Duns Scotus was one of the most influential Franciscans in the world of both philosophy and theology. He is probably best known for his defense of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. He was on the faculties of both Oxford University and the University of Paris.

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Archbasilica of St John Lateran, Rome | photo by Livioandronico2013

Dedication of St. John Lateran

November 9. As the cathedral church of the diocese of Rome, Saint John Lateran is the cathedral of the pope, the bishop of Rome. Long before the Vatican was constructed, Saint John Lateran was the home of the popes and the focal point for the Church. Saint Francis visited Pope Innocent at the Lateran Palace.

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The Meeting between Leo the Great (painted as a portrait of Leo X) and Attila | Raphael | photo by Art Renewal Center

Saint Leo the Great

November 10. Saint Leo the Great held strong convictions about the importance of the Bishop of Rome and of the Church. He viewed the Church as the presence of Christ in the world. Dedicated to building up the Church in all areas, Saint Leo the Great was also a man of deep spiritual convictions.

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