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Venerable Veronica von Elmendorff Born: June 16, 1845, Oldenburg Germany Died: 1904, Chicago, Illinois Known for: Founding the first Poor Clare Colettine community in the United States Fun Fact: Her funeral Mass was offered by Bishop Peter Muldoon, who would later become the first bishop of the Rockford Diocese! ...

Blessed Isabel of France Born: 1225, France Died: February 23rd, 1270, Longchamps, France Fun Fact: Her brother is also a saint (Louis IX)!   It's interesting how many Poor Clares come from an affluent and comfortable background: from St. Clare to the present day, many courageous women leave behind the...

Venerable Maria Diomira Serri Born: February 23rd, 1708, Genoa, Italy Died: January 14th, 1768, Fanano, Italy Fun Fact: The first convent at which she inquired put her on a waiting list for entrance, as they had no more room at the time. However, they said if space didn't...

Blessed Mattia Nazarei Born: 1253, Matelica, Italy Died: December 28th, 1300, Matelica, Italy Fun Fact: Bl. Mattia's life mirrored that of St. Clare in many respects besides simply sharing the same life and charism. She ran away to a monastery at a tender age, immediately sheared her tresses...

Venerable Margaret Sinclair Feast Day: November 24th Born: March 29, 1900, Edinburgh, Scotland Died: November 24, 1925, Warley, England Known for: being an ordinary person of extraordinary faith to the Scottish people Little Maggie, born into working-class Edinburgh on March 29, 1900, and her sister Bella often read the beautiful...

Blessed Josephine Leroux Feast Day: October 23rd Born: c. 1745, France Died: October 23rd, 1794, Valenciennes, France Known for: being a martyr in the Reign of Terror Fun Fact: she served tea to the officers who came to arrest her and lead her to death!   Many Catholics are familiar with the...

Saint Beatrice of Silva Feast Day: September 1st Born: 1424, Portugal Died: 1489, Toledo, Spain Known For: starting the Order of the Immaculate Conception Fun Fact: Her brother is a “Blessed,” Blessed Amadeus, initiator of the “reform of Marignano.” Beatrice, born in 1424 and daughter of a Portuguese lord and lady,...

Venerable Caritas Pirckheimer Feast Day: August 19th Born: March 21st, 1467, Eichstat, Germany Died: August 19th, 1532, Nuremberg, Germany Known for: resisting the rise of Lutheranism that threatened her monastery and world Fun Fact: all five of her biological sisters became nuns, one of them joining her community! Venerable Caritas Pirckheimer...

Saint Veronica Guiliani Born: 1660, Mercatello, Italy Feast Day: July 10th Died: July 9th, 1727, Citta di Castello, Italy Known For: her powerful devotion to Jesus CrucifiedF un Fact: the Devil frequently tried her patience by filling her food and drink with worms, giant bugs, and grime. She ate it...

Blessed Jolenta of Poland Feast Day: June 12th Born: c. 1235, in Hungary Died: 1298, Gniezno, Poland Known For: her good use of every situation she was placed in by Divine Providence Jolenta, daughter of the King of Hungary (Bela IV) and granddaughter of the Emperor of Constantinople, was born...