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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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ST. LEO THE GREAT – POPE AND DOCTOR: NOVEMBER 10

He was Born in Tuscany.  He was raised to the See of Peter in 440.  He reigned as Pope between 440 and 461.  In an edict in 445, he persuaded Emperor Vanentinian to recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome.  He confirmed the doctrine of the Incarnation.  He labored strenuously to safeguard the integrity Read More →

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DEDICATION OF ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA: NOVEMBER 9

It was originally the palace of Constantine, but it was adapted and dedicated under the title “Our Savior” to serve as the church of the Pope.  It is the oldest and ranks first among the four greater or patriarchal churches of Rome.  The other archbasilicas of Rome are St. Peter’s, St. Mary Major, and St. Read More →

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ST. GODFREY (GEOFFREY) – BISHOP OF AMIENS: NOVEMBER 8

Born in 1065 near Soissons, France became a monk and priest.  He was chosen Abbot of Nogent in Champagne, a rapidly declining religious house.  Its outer appearance was completely dilapidated and its religious life was in disarray and floundering.  With the force of Godfrey’s personality and spirituality, he soon had it flourishing in every way.  Read More →

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