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Born: 1224Died: July 24th, 1292, Sandec, Poland Patron Saint of: Poland, Lithuania, Salt MinesKnown For: her special patronage of the Polish peopleFun Fact: her family was filled with saints! Her aunts included Sts. Elizabeth of Hungary, Hedwig, and Agnes of Prague. Her biological sisters were...

Blessed Florida CevoliDied: June 12, 1767Known For: Her close relationship with St. Veronica GuilianiFun Fact: She started all her letters with the phrase, "Jesus amor, fiat voluntus tua" (Jesus my love, thy will be done). A sickly constitution and a privileged background: these two characteristics worried...

Sister Mary of the Holy TrinityBorn: April 26th, 1901, Pretoria, Transvaal, South AfricaDied: June 26th, 1942, Jerusalem, IsraelKnown For: her notes on her conversations with ChristFun Fact: Her Poor Clare community in Jerusalem often rose at Midnight to say, not Matins, but the Rosary. This...

Blessed Marie Celine of the PresentationFeast Day: May 30thBorn: May 23rd, 1878, Nojals, Dordogne, FranceDied: May 30th, 1897, Talence, FranceKnown For: her heroic example as a young nunFun Fact: Her legal name was Emilie-Julie. She was baptized Jeanne, but her father called her Germaine after...

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...