Feast of St. John Bosco, Italian priest, educator & writer, worked for the betterment of street children & juvenile delinquents. Founder, Salesians of Don Bosco, Patron of Christian apprentices, editors, publishers, schoolchildren, young people, magicians, juvenile delinquents.
Feast of St. Aldegunais, Frankish Virgin & Abbess, member, Merovingian royal family, and daughter of St. Walbert, Count of Guînes & St. Bertila de Mareuil. Founded Maubeuge Abbey. Died of breast cancer in 684. Patron of breast cancer & wounds.
Feast of St. Blath of Kildare, lay sister and cook in St. Brigid’s convent in Kildare, Ireland. She was renowned for her simple, personal sanctity, holiness, and for her loyalty to Saint Brigid. Died in 523.
Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, Italian Dominican priest, & Doctor of the Church, philosopher, theologian, jurist, the father of Thomism. Patron of Academics, book sellers, Catholic academies, schools, universities, chastity, learning, pencil makers, publishers & students.
Feast of St. Paula of Rome, married Toxotius, had 5 children, Blaesilla, Paulina, Eustochium, Toxotius, and Rufina. Widowed, built a hospice, monastery, and a convent with St. Jerome in the Holy Land. Patron of widows, Order of St. Jerome, monks and nuns.
Feast of St. Dwynwen, daughter of King Brychan Brycheiniog, credited with the saying: “Nothing wins hearts like cheerfulness”. Welsh patron saint of lovers, making her the Welsh equivalent of St. Valentine. She is also the patron saint of sick animals.
Feast of St. Marianne Cope, O.S.F. (St. Marianne of Molokai). American nun born in Heppenheim, Hesse, Germany. Superior General, Sisters of St Francis of Syracuse, NY. Worked with lepers on Molokai. Patron of Hawai’i, lepers, those with HIV/AIDS.
Feast of St. Vincent Saragossa, deacon of the Church of Saragossa, protomartyr of Spain. Patron of São Vicente, Lisbon, Diocese of Algarve, Valencia, Vicenza, Italy, vinegar-makers, wine-makers and Order of Deacons of the Catholic Diocese of Bergamo (Italy).
Feast of St. Agnes of Rome, virgin and martyr. Died in 304. She rests below the high altar of Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura, Rome, Italy. Patron of chastity, gardeners, girls, engaged couples, rape survivors, virgins, and the Children of Mary.
Feast of St. Wulfstan, Benedictine, Bishop of Worcester, England. Born at Long Itchington, Warwickshire. Canonized in May 1203. Patron of vegetarians & dieters.