February 21 -
St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Born in Ravenna in 1007, Peter became a Camaldolese monk. He was named Abbot of the Fonte Avellana monastery and later became Cardinal and Bishop of Ostria and Velletri. He worked zealously for the internal reform of the Church and wrote many works on ascetical theology. He died at Faenza in 1072.
March 3 -
St. Katharine Drexel, Religious
Born in 1858, into a prominent Philadelphia family, Katharine became filled with love for God and neighbor. She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People, and dedicated her life and a fortune of 20 million dollars to this work. She helped open the first mission school for Indians in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1894 and other schools for native American and black children followed. In 1915 she founded Xavier University in New Orleans. At her death in 1955 there were more than 500 Sisters teaching in 63 schools.
March 17 -
St. Patrick, Bishop and Apostle of Ireland
St. Patrick was born in Great Britain around 885. When he was about 16, he was captured by pirates and taken to Ireland as a slave, working as a shepherd. He escaped and returned home, but the paganism of Ireland disturbed Patrick. He became a priest, then Bishop and returned to Ireland to preach the Gospel. He lived a life of penance and wrote many prayers until his death in 461. He is acclaimed for his use of the shamrock's three leaves to teach about the Trinity.
March 19 -
St. Joseph - Husband of Mary, Patron of the Universal Church
St. Joseph was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus Christ. He was a carpenter in the town of Nazareth and a descendant of the line of King David. The Church holds St. Joseph in great honor because of his care for Jesus and his love for Mary. He is patron of carpenters and laborers.