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ST. FELIX OF VALOIS – NOVEMBER 20

St. Felix, a hermit of Cerfroid, France, and his disciple, St. John of Matha, secured the approval of the Holy See in 1198 for the Order of the Most Holy Trinity (the Trinitians).  Their goal was to ransom captives from the Moors.  John worked in Spain and Barbary.  Felix, now in his seventies, founded St. Read More →

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ST. MECHTILDE (MATHILDA): NOVEMBER 19

When St. Mechtilde was seven years of age, she was entrusted to the care of the nuns of Rodalasdorf.  Shortly after this her elder sister, Gertrude was elected their Abbess.  Mechtilde became a nun and mistress of the school when the house moved to Helfa.  There she became the trainer of a five-year old who Read More →

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DEDICATION OF THE CHURCHES OF STS. PETER AND PAUL – APOSTLES: NOVEMBER 18

One of the most celebrated places venerated by Christians has always been the tomb of St. Peter at Rome.  A splendid basilica was erected over the tomb of St. Paul by Emperor Constantine.  Another basilica was errected on the Ostian Way where St. Paul suffered martyrdom.  St. Sylvester consecrated both of them. After the basilica of Read More →

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ST. ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY – RELIGIOUS: NOVEMBER 17

St. Elizabeth, the daughter of King Alexander II of Hungary, was born in 1207. She was sent, at the age of 4, to the court of Landgrave of Thuringia for her education.  She was betrothed to their infant son.  She grew in piety as she aged and in 1221, she married Louis of Thuringia.  She Read More →

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ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND: NOVEMBER 16

Born in Hungary in 1045, the grand-niece of Edward the Confessor.  King Edward the Exile was her father, a Scottish nobleman and a Hungarian princess was her mother. About 1070 she became the Queen of Malcolm III.  She had eight children, and she was devoted to the spiritual perfection of her children.  She practiced austere Read More →

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ST. ALBERT THE GREAT – BISHOP – DOCTOR: NOVEMBER 15

St. Albert the Great was born in 1206 at Swabia, Germany.  Blessed Jordan of Saxony, his spiritual tutor, inspired him to join the Order of Preachers.  He studied philosophy at the college Cologne and Paris.  He also taught at Cologne and Paris.  There he became one of the most famous philosophers of his day.  St. Thomas Read More →

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ST. SIDONIUS – ABBOT: NOVEMBER 14

St. Sidonius was a native of Scotland.  In the 7th century, he came in contact with some monks from the Abbey of Jumieges (Normandy) who had been sent to Ireland to ransom Anglo-Saxon slaves.  He was impressed with their life and went back to Jumieges about 1664 and received the monastic habit.  Ten years later, Read More →

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ST. FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI – VIRGIN: NOVEMBER 13

St. Francis was born in Lombardy, Italy in 1850, one of 13 children.  Poor health prevented her from entering the convent.  She helped her parents until their death and then worked on a farm with her brothers and sisters.  For six years, she taught at a girls’ school at the request of a priest.  Her Read More →

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ST. JOSAPHAT – BISHOP – MARTYR: NOVEMBER 12

St. Josaphat was born in Poland in 1580 to noble parents.  He became the first great leader of the Ruthenian Catholics (or Uniates).  The former schismatics had returned to the Church through the treaty of Brest-Litovsk in 1595.  He entered the Order of St. Basil at 20 years of age and reformed it, giving it Read More →

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ST. MARTIN OF TOURS – BISHOP: NOVEMBER 11

Born of pagan parents in Pannonia (Hungary) about 317. Early in life he became a catchumen and served in the Roman army.  He had a vision of Christ (about 339) after he had given half his cloak to a beggar at Amines which impelled him to Baptism and the religious life.  St. Hilary, Bishop of Read More →

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