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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Saint Jolenta of Poland | photo by Karol Ferdynand Ney

Blessed Jolenta (Yolanda) of Poland

June 12. Blessed Jolenta of Poland and her husband assisted many from their means. Once widowed, and with two of her three daughters married, Blessed Yolenta and her third daughter entered the Poor Clares. She eventually became an abbess.

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Baby Jesus and St. Anthony of Padua | Elisabetta Sirani

Saint Anthony of Padua

June 13. An Augustinian monk who was inspired by the martyrdom of Franciscan missionaries, Saint Anthony of Padua joined the Franciscans hoping to be a missionary. But God had other plans for him. He became one of the outstanding philosopher/theologians of the Order.

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Opuszczona plebania | Painting by Albert Chmielowski

Saint Albert Chmielowski

June 14. Saint Albert Chmielowski was a talented painter and a Secular Franciscan. In mid-life, he founded the Brothers of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Servants to the Poor, who worked with the poor and homeless. Known also as the Albertine Brothers, this community was renowned for depending completely on alms.

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Portrait of Mère Marguerite d'Youville (1701-1771) | James Duncan

Saint Marguerite d’Youville

June 15. Enduring a seriously dysfunctional marriage and being left a widow, Saint Marguerite d’Youville did not give in to despair. Rather, she founded the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, the “Grey Nuns,” rescued a failing hospital, and cared for the sick. Not even the destruction of the hospital by fire drove her to despair.

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The Glory of Saint John Francis Regis | Church of Our Lady of Andance, Ardèche, France | Camillo Rusconi

Saint John Francis Regis

June 16. Known for his long hours of prayer and notable ability to communicate, Saint John Francis Regis served the people of France during a “dry” period, when the faith and the Church seemed in decline. He conducted missions to counteract the malaise. He succeeded in converting many people and bringing others back to the faith.

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Statue de San Giuseppe Cafasso | José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro

Saint Joseph Cafasso

June 17. At a time when rigorist ideas were rampant in the seminaries of Italy, Saint Joseph Cafasso proved to be a moderate, leading the students to the best of Catholic thought without going to extremes. He also encouraged them to join the Secular Franciscans and develop a love for the Eucharist.

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Statue of Venerable Matt Talbot | flickr

Venerable Matt Talbot

June 18. Perhaps no one has done more to address the issue of alcoholism than Venerable Matt Talbot. An active alcoholic himself, he designed a program of support that has helped millions. Many are thankful.

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Fresco of Saint Romuald | In the Dominican Cloister of Saint Mark, Florence, Italy | Fra Angelico

Saint Romuald

June 19. Saint Romuald had the strange experience of being uncomfortably holy and asked to leave a monastery. When he tried to become a missionary, he was repeatedly hindered by an illness. Next he was falsely accused and excommunicated for a few months. But he didn’t give up.

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Stained glass window of Saint Paulinus | photo by Tiroler Glasmalerei

Saint Paulinus of Nola

June 20. Saint Paulinus was a married priest and bishop. In his day, marriage was not an impediment to the priesthood. Though married for many years, Saint Paulinus and his wife were childless. When they finally were blessed with a son, he lived but a few weeks.

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