Feast of St. Peter Canisius, Dutch Jesuit, Doctor of the Church, “Second Apostle of Germany”, the first Dutchman to join the Society of Jesus, he lead the Jesuits in restoring the Church after the Protestant Reformation. Patron of the Catholic press and Germany.
Feast of St. Dominic of Silos, Benedictine monk, priest, Master of novices, prior and Abbott, Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos. Patron of captives, pregnant women, prisoners, shepherds, invoked against rabies, insects.
Feast of St. Bernard Valeara of Teramo, Bishop. A Benedictine monk at Monte Cassino Abbey, appointed Bishop of Teramo in 1115. Brother of Blessed Colomba of Mount Brancastello. Patron of Teramo, Italy.
Feast of St. Winebald, Benedictine Abbot, missionary, son of St. Richard the Pilgrim, brother of Sts. Willibald and Walburga, nephew of St. Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz. Founded the double monastery of Heidenheim am Hahnenkamm, Germany.
Feast of St. Adelaide, Holy Roman Empress and Founder of many monasteries. Patron of brides, exiles, in-law problems, parents of large families, princesses, prisoners, second marriages, stepparents and widows.
Feast of St. Maria Crocifissa Di Rosa, founder of the Handmaids of Charity in Brescia, Italy, in 1839. Died in 1855.
Feast of John of the Cross, (San Juan de la Cruz), Carmelite friar and priest, Spanish mystic, one of the thirty-six Doctors of the Church, writer of mystical Spanish literature. Patron of Contemplative life, contemplatives, mystical theology, mystics, and Spanish poets.
Feast of St. Lucy (Santa Lucia), martyr, died during the Diocletianic Persecution. Patron the blind, martyrs, Perugia & Syracuse, Italy, Mtarfa, Malta, epidemics, salesmen, throat infections and writers. Today’s Scandinavian festival of light signals the arrival of Christmastide.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, appeared to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin in 1531. Patron of the Americas.
Feast of Pope Saint Damasus I, Pope and Confessor. Pope from 366 to 384. He commissioned St. Jerome to translate the Scriptures into Latin and encouraged the veneration of martyrs. Patron of Archaeologists and other popes named Damasus.