July 6: The feast of *St. Maria Goretti*

Today, July 6, we celebrate the feast of *St. Maria Goretti*, a young virgin and martyr whose life is an example of purity and mercy for all Christians. Maria Goretti is best known for her commitment to purity and the courageous defence of her faith at the young age of eleven...

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July 4: The feast of *Saint Elizabeth of Portugal*

Today, July 4, we celebrate the feast day of *Saint Elizabeth of Portugal* (1271-1336), the “Peacemaker” and Queen of Portugal. Born into royalty in Saragossa, Spain in 1271, the early life of Elizabeth was marked by privilege, but also by grace and piety. From an early age she was a...

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July 3: The feast of *Saint Thomas the Apostle*

Today, July 3, we celebrate the feast day of *Saint Thomas the Apostle * (died 72), original disciple of Jesus, and holy man of change and courage. St. Thomas was one of the fishermen on the Lake of Galilee whom our Lord called to be His Apostles. By nature slow...

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July 2: The feast of *Saint Bernardino Realino*

Today, July 2, we celebrate the feast day of *Saint Bernardino Realino* (1530-1616), Jesuit priest, and apostle of God. Bernardino was born in Modena, Italy, to a noble Italian family. Initially studying medicine and philosophy at university, Bernardino turned his focus to law. He worked as an accomplished lawyer, as...

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July 1: The feast of *St. Junipero Serra*

Today, July 1, we celebrate the feast day of *St. Junipero Serra* (1713-1784), Franciscan Friar and missionary throughout California and Mexico. Miguel Jose Serra was born in Majorca, Spain. At the young age of 16, he entered into service to God, joining the Order of Saint Francis, and taking the...

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June 30: The feast of the *First Martyrs of Rome*

Today, June 30, we celebrate the feast of the *First Martyrs of Rome* (died 64-68), brave and courageous Christians who suffered for their faith, *who were known as Protomartyrs of Rome.* Following the Ascension of Christ, the disciples had preached the Gospel, spreading throughout the region. Some, as we have...

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