Swedish missionary, murdered by a slave he had set free.
These 7 men were walled up in a cave in 250 AD; their relics discovered in 479.
Apostle, patron of equestrians & veterinarians. Spain reinvented him as a Moor-slayer.
Often pictured with a skull, as in this Life Magazine photo, 1944. Life magazine, May 22, 1944, “Photo of the Week,” by Ralph Crane: Her hair is perfectly styled, pinned up behind her with a huge flower. She wears a blazer, rests her chin on her left hand while her right hand holds a poised pen. In a perfectly proportioned composition, her head and right hand make two points of a triangle; the...
Martyred; covered in honey & left to be attacked by bees & hornets.
Virgin-martyr who wouldn’t submit to her rapist; he later attended her canonization.
Penance weakened him & he died of fever; afterward his body was incorruptible.
Elizabeth of Portugal
Formerly a double feast, in 1962 her day was lowered to “third-class.”
Finger-in-the-wound Apostle, patron of builders & architects
On his deathbed, the people of Leece asked for his help. Then, his relics bled.
From Cornwall, a saint of uncertain gender.
Theobald of Provins
Patron of shoemakers, charcoal-burners, belt-makers, dry cough, panic attacks.
The Apostle Peter
Called on for aid with foot problems, fever & frenzy. Patron of horologists.
Early martyr, whose tomb & remains were destroyed utterly by Huguenots in 1562.
Cyril of Alexandria
His followers murdered astronomer & philosopher Hypatia, hacking apart her body.
Supporter of Franco & Pinochet, & self-mortification. Beloved by John Paul II.
Patron of the demonically possessed, who would carry her urn in procession (banned in 1947).
On the run, hid with Albans, whom he converted, then sent to martyrdom in his place.
Social reformer, “The Priest of the Gallows.” Patron of captives.
The Utopian St. Thomas More
Martyr, patron of difficult marriages, large families & civil servants.
Patron of AIDS sufferers & care-givers, his remains lie in an urn of lapis lazuli.
6th century pope, appeared to stranded sailors and guided them to safety.
“Sit in your cell as in paradise.” -Romauld, patron of very little, maybe nothing at all.
Mark & Marcellian
Twins, among the litany of dead Sebastian converted so they could be martyred.
Now invoked to cure sick horses, refused to be ordained except as an exorcist.
Another patroness of the blind, her feast day almost exactly six months from Lucy’s Day.
The leper-saint, kept from drinking from the cup of Eucharist for fear she’d contaminate it.
Exiled by Emperor Michael II as a lover of images, later welcomed back to the fold.
Anthony of Padua
A quick saint, patron of starvation, seekers of lost things, & shipwrecks.
Cuniald & Geslar
“Confessors of whom nothing is known.”
Barnabas, the Apostle
Invoked against hailstorms, presumably since he was stoned to death.
Archbishop of Mainz, so savaged his own body the Pope told him to relent his mortifications.
The Harp of the Spirit, patron of spiritual leaders, about whom many tall tales exist.
William of York
Poisoned at Mass, 1154. Miracles soon followed from his perfumed, fireproof corpse.
Robert of Newminster
Accused of lust, fled to Bernard for protection. Owned a miraculous belt.
For childbirth. Protestants & Catholics fought for his body, now an auto-icon in Prague.
Attributes: axe; book; oak; scourge; sword. Patron of brewers, & of World Youth Day.
d. 1608. Patron of Naples and of those who prepare food.
Ugandan, baptized several youths so they could be burned alive along with him, 1886.
Marcellinus & Peter
A priest & an exorcist. Martyred at an out-of-the-way spot. Beardless.
Millenarian, waiting for the End since 165. Flogged, beheaded. Patron of apologists.