Feast of St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Megalomartyr, one of the most important military saints, often paired with St. George. Patron of Thessaloniki, Siberia, soldiers, Crusades, agriculture, peasants and shepherds
Feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret, archbishop & founder, Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, (Claretians). Patron of Weavers, Catholic press, Claretians Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Diocese of the Canary Islands, Technical & Vocational Educators.
Feast of St. Juan of Capistrano, Franciscan friar, preacher, Soldier Saint. In 1456 at age 70, he led a crusade against the invading Ottoman Empire at the siege of Belgrade. Patron of Jurists and military chaplains, the namesake of the Franciscan mission San Juan de Capistrano.
Feast of St. Pope John Paul II, visited 129 countries in 27 years. Patron of World Youth Day, Young Catholics, Families. Canonized April 27, 2014.
Feast of St. John of Bridlington, novice master, almsgiver, preacher, sub-prior, Canon and Prior – Augustinian Canons Regular community of the Priory of Bridlington. Last English saint canonized before the English Reformation. Patron of fishermen and women in difficult labor.
Feast of St. Paul of the Cross Italian mystic, founder of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ (Passionists). The congregation has 2 goals: missionary work & contemplative life.
Feast of St. Luke, one of the Four Evangelists – author of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Patron of physicians, surgeons, artists, bachelors, farmers, brewers, butchers, glass makers, glaziers, lacemakers, notaries, painters, sculptors & stained glass artists.
Feast of St. Marie Magdalen Desjardin, Ursuline martyr of the French Revolution. She was guillotined in Valenciennes. Beatified in 1920.
Feast of St. Gerard Majella, Italian Redemptorist sacristan, gardener, porter, infirmarian, and tailor. Patron of expectant mothers.
Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, Founder Discalced Carmelites. Patron of headache sufferers, Spanish Catholic Writers.