Saints of the Day Saints and biographies from the Catholic calendar. This site is copyright © 2018 Universalis Publishing Limited. Universalis Publishing Ltd 2018-09-25T19:00:00Z 2018-09-22T19:00:00Z 2018-09-22T19:00:00Z In other years: St Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)
Celebrated: 23 Sep (worldwide)
He was born in the small village of Pietrelcina in southern Italy, and joined the Capuchin friars at the age of 16. He became a priest seven years later, and spent fifty years at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo, where he was very much sought after as a spiritual advisor, confessor, and intercessor. Many miracles were popularly ascribed to him during his lifetime. He died a few days after the fiftieth anniversary of his receiving the stigmata, and over 100,000 people attended his funeral. 2018-09-22T19:00:00Z 2018-09-22T19:00:00Z Saint Adomnan of Iona (627/8 - 704)
Celebrated: 23 Sep (Ireland)
(His name is written as Adamnan or Adomnan and anglicised as Eunan). He was educated by the Columban monks of his native place, subsequently becoming a novice at Iona in 650. In 679 he succeeded to the abbacy of Iona, which position he held up to his death. He was also president-general of all the Columban houses in Ireland. During his rule he paid three lengthy visits to Ireland, one of which is memorable for his success in introducing the Roman dating and celebration of Easter. On his third visit (697) he assisted at the Synod of Tara, when the Cain Adamnain, or Canon of Adamnan (the “Law of Innocents”) was adopted, which freed women and children from the evils inseparable from war, forbidding them to be killed or made captive in times of strife. He is famous for his Life of St Columba, written some time after 688, which has been praised as the best and most complete biography written in Europe for many centuries. 2018-09-23T19:00:00Z 2018-09-23T19:00:00Z Our Lady of Walsingham
Celebrated: 24 Sep
The shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham in Norfolk was one of the great pilgrimage centres of mediaeval times. The lady of the manor of Walsingham, Richeldis de Faverches, had a vision in which the Virgin Mary instructed her to build in her village an exact replica of the house in Nazareth where the Annunciation had taken place. According to tradition this vision occurred in 1061, although the most likely date for the construction of the shrine is a hundred years later.
The original shrine was destroyed at the Reformation, but in the 19th and 20th centuries, pilgrimage to Walsingham was revived not only for Catholics but also for Anglicans. 2018-09-23T19:00:00Z 2018-09-23T19:00:00Z St Stephanie
Celebrated: 24 Sep (Southern Africa)
Very little is known about St Stephanie who was martyred at Denderah in Egypt in the fourth century. Stephanie, who was only 18 years old, suffered death together with about 500 Christians who were accused of preferring Christ to the local gods. Their faith and courage are a great challenge for us today. 2018-09-23T19:00:00Z 2018-09-23T19:00:00Z Blessed Émilie Tavernier-Gamelin (1800 - 1851)
Celebrated: 24 Sep (Canada)
She was born at Montréal on 19 February 1800. She married in 1823 but was widowed four years later and devoted her life, and her fortune, to charitable works.
Inspired by her, Bishop Ignace Bourget founded a new religious congregation, which he named the Daughters of Charity, Servants of the Poor, and Émilie Tavernier-Gamelin became its first Superior. The congregation grew and grew, serving the poor, the sick, the old and the insane. The congregation is generally known as the Sisters of Providence and it now serves in nine countries: Canada, the United States, Chile, Philippines, Argentina, El Salvador, Cameroon, Haiti and Egypt.
Mother Émilie Gamelin was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 18 December 2000. 2018-09-24T19:00:00Z 2018-09-24T19:00:00Z Saint Finbarr (c.550 - c.620)
Celebrated: 25 Sep (Ireland)
He was Bishop of Cork in the 6th century and is patron saint of the city and diocese. See the article in Wikipedia. 2018-09-25T19:00:00Z 2018-09-25T19:00:00Z SS. Cosmas and Damian
Celebrated: 26 Sep (worldwide)
25 Sep (Canada)

They are buried at Cyrrhus in Syria, where a basilica was constructed in their honour. In the fifth century their cult spread rapidly through the entire Church. Nothing whatever is known about them, and many extravagant legends have grown up; but despite the fact that many pagan mythological stories have attached themselves to them, it is certain that they did really exist.
See the article in the Catholic Encyclopaedia.