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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Man of Prayer | Lawrence OP | flickr

Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani

November 27. Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani was a Conventual Franciscan who taught the younger members of his community and served in administration. He was recognized as a great preacher and confessor. In the minds of the local people Francesco was considered a saint at his death.

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Saint James of the Marches | Francisco de Zurbarán | photo by Galería online

Saint James of the Marche

November 28. Saint James was born in the Marche of Ancona. Before joining the Friars Minor, he earned doctorates in canon and civil law at the University of Perugia. He lived a very austere life, and was an extremely popular preacher, who spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus.

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Pope Saint Clement I | photo by Lawrence | flickr

Saint Clement

November 29. Saint Clement was the fourth pope of the Church, living toward the end of the first century. He is known for his letter to the Church at Corinth, in which he tried to reestablish peace between the clergy and the faithful.

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Saint Andrew | Jusepe de Ribera | self scanned from own book

Saint Andrew

November 30. Saint Andrew was Saint Peter’s brother, and was called by Jesus along with Peter. We know very little about Andrew except that he too was a fisherman, and a disciple of Saint John the Baptist.

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Monument Charles de Foucauld in front of the church of St-Pierre-le-Jeune | Strasbourg | photo by Rabanus Flavus

Blessed Charles de Foucauld

December 1. Orphaned at the age of six, Charles was raised by his devout grandfather. He rejected the Catholic faith as a teenager, but resumed its practice around age 30. He then became a Trappist monk. After leaving the monastery, Charles traveled extensively, living a peaceful and somewhat hidden life.

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