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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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

Blessed Solanus Casey

November 5. Blessed 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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