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CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Vincent de Paul

Biography of the French priest, founder of the Congregation of the Mission, who died in 1660
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I was on the social concerns committee in HS, which is why I chose Vincent de Paul. Vincent de Paul is a saint who concerned himself with the poor and needy in France. Vincent de Paul is the patron of needy causes in the church. Pope Francis has stated that the church should focus on the needs of the poor, which is why I choose him as one of my saints.

 

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CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Father Damien

Biography of the Belgian missionary priest to the leper colony on Molokai
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St. Lawrence - Martyr

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Large searchable database of information on Catholic saints. Saints, Catholic Saints. Thousands of Catholic Saints with biographical data, prayers, images, etc. The saints are cross-indexed to other patronage topics, nationality, and calendar of saints and feasts. Patron Saints Index. Hundreds of places, conditions, occupations and other topics with patron saints. Each topic has a list of its patron saints.
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ST. Lawrence is an interesting saint because he was generous, giving especially to the needy. He also had a good sense of humor. He helped the poor and I would like to spend my life helping others. Sometimes, I think I would like to work for a company like Catholic Charities. I also need to learn how to take things easier like when he told his torturers to "Turn me over, I am done on this side".

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St Michael the Archangel

Prayer to St Michael (Long Version) O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on...

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Via Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
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I am choosing Saint Michael as a patron saint for my family because he will defend us as we go through the daily struggles of life. For example, when some one in my family struggles with complications, Saint Michael will come to our defense and strengthen our faith. For example, My Uncle Mike has diabetes and he prays for the strength to  keep to his diet and exercise. Also, for the support of his family members.

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CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Joseph

The eleventh son of Jacob, the firstborn of Rachel, and the immediate ancestor of the tribes of Manasses and Ephraim
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CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Francis of Assisi

Long article on St. Francis, founder, mystic, perhaps the most beloved Catholic saint of all
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Saint Francis is the patron of animals. I like animals.

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Thomas Aquinas: rediscovering a father of modernity

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Thomas Aquinas was the greatest philosopher of the Christian middle ages. So what can he teach us that we have forgotten?

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My grandfather, Pops, always called me Thomas Aquinas. I always wanted to know who Thomas Aquinas was. Once I found out who he was I always liked him because he was a scholar (which my grandfather also called me). Thomas Aquinas was a Dominican Friar who also taught  in schools.

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