Martyrdom of Father Isaac Jogues S.J. | Engraving by A. Malaer | Wellcome Images

Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions

October 19. Isaac Jogues and his companions are popularly known as the North American martyrs. Over a period of years, these eight Jesuits worked among the Hurons, bringing many into the Catholic faith. They labored in what would become the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

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Photo of Lúcia Santos, Jacinta and Francisco Marto | photo by Joshua Benoliel

Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto

February 20. Two young children who died early in life, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, gained the attention of the Church and world when Mary appeared to them at Fatima. Without being martyred, they became witnesses and messengers of God’s goodness.

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Detail | Abrazo de San Joaquín y Santa Ana ante la Puerta Dorada | Ambrosius Benson

Saints Joachim and Anne

July 26. We believe that Jesus is truly God and truly human, and this feast of his grandparents is a testimony to our faith. While the names of Joachim and Anne may be legendary, we know that Jesus had grandparents, the parents of Mary (as well as those of Saint Joseph). Our God truly became human and lives among us.

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Forty Martyrs of England and Wales commissioned by the General Postulation of the Society of Jesus

Saints John Jones and John Wall

July 12. Saints John Jones and John Wall were both ordained diocesan priests who later joined the Franciscans. Living almost a century apart, these two saints shared a common characteristic—both ministered to the faithful during dangerous times for Catholics in England. Eventually arrested, they were both martyred for the faith: one in 1598 and the other in 1679.

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Monastery Church: Altar of the crucifixion, Mecklenburg | Gaston Lenthe | (Longinus, Joseph of Arimathea, and Nicodemus)

Saints Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus

August 31. We know little about Saints Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus except what we find in scripture. We do know that they were Jewish men of some standing who were not afraid to express their respect for Jesus. Each in his own way played a role in the life of Jesus that required courage and showed some understanding of who Jesus was.

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Casket of Louis and Zélie Martin | crypt of the Basilica of Sainte-Thérèse, Lisieux

Saints Louis Martin and Zélie Guerin

September 25. Frustrated in their attempts to enter Religious Life, Louis Martin and Zélie Guerin married and had nine children. Their youngest child, who entered a Carmelite convent at 15, became Saint Thérese of the Child Jesus, affectionately known as the Little Flower.

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Illumination from the Passionary of Weissenau | Frater Rufillus

Saints Marcellinus and Peter

June 2. We know very little about these two martyrs, but Saints Marcellinus and Peter are mentioned in the First Eucharistic Prayer of the Roman liturgy. They made the ultimate sacrifice for the faith and are remembered by the faithful for that reason.

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"The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer" | Jean-Léon Gérôme

Saints Marian and James

May 6. Two almost unknown martyrs courageously witnessed to the world many years ago about their faith. Saints Marian and James were martyred in the 3rd century, yet their deaths still speak to the Church today.

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Detail | East window behind the altar | St. Michael's Church, Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland | Frederick Settle Barff

Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

September 29. Angels appear frequently in Scripture, but only Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael are named. Each of these archangels performs a different mission in Scripture: Michael protects; Gabriel announces; Raphael guides.

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"Flavia Domitilla van Terracina, Nereus en Achilleus" | Peter Paul Rubens

Saints Nereus and Achilleus

May 12. Today we celebrate two praetorian soldiers who are reputed to have left their posts to become Christians. Little else is known about them, but devotion to them dates back to the fourth century.

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