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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! ...

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...

Venerable Mère du Calvaire Feast Day:  April 7th Born:  February 12, 1644 (Bordeaux, France) Died:  April 7, 1673 (Limoges, France) Known For:  Starting a Poor Clare monastery of the Primitive Observance at age 14 Fun Fact:  She died at 3 o'clock on a Friday afternoon, the same time as Our...

Blessed Philippa Mareri Feast Day:  February 13th Born:  ca. 1200, Rieti, Italy Died:  February 16, 1236, near Rieti, Italy Known For:  being a good leader Fun Fact:  she started her religious life in a cave! Born in her wealthy family’s castle around the year 1200 in Rieti, Italy, Blessed Philippa Mareri...