November 18. St. Peter Basilica is probably the most famous church in Christendom and the largest in the city of Rome. St. Paul Outside-the-Walls is second in size only to St. Peter’s. Built over the presumed graves of these two saints, they are attractive places of prayer for the faithful.
November 19. Often confused with Saint Agnes of Bohemia to whom Saint Clare wrote her famous letters, Saint Agnes of Assisi was Saint Clare’s younger blood sister as well as first follower in the way poverty.
November 20. Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, a Sister of the Society of the Sacred Heart and French by birth, was an early missionary to the United States. There she and her sisters faced formidable difficulties, but finally settled and built the first free school west of the Mississippi in St. Charles, MO
November 21. This feast celebrates the presentation of Mary in the Temple by her parents, Anna and Joachim. While the event is not mentioned in the Scriptures, there is early evidence that the event was celebrated in both the Eastern and Western Churches.
November 22. Although there is little historical evidence concerning Saint Cecilia, she is, nevertheless, one of the famous martyrs of Rome. She is mentioned in the list of saints in the Eucharistic Prayer I (Roman Canon). She is often depicted playing an organ.
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.
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.
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.
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. He established several monasteries in Europe.
November 27. Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani was a Conventual Franciscans who taught the younger members of his order and served in administration. He was recognized as a great preacher and confessor. At his death, he was considered a saint in the minds of the local people.