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In , she and five other sisters volunteered to care for leprosy patients in Hawaii. She served in Hawaii for decades, dying of natural causes in The son of a poor farmer, the Belgium-born priest sailed to Hawaii, where he volunteered to work at a leper colony on the island of Molokai. He eventually contracted the disease and served there until his death.

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He has "a special place in the hearts of Hawaiians," the Hawaiian-born President Obama said when Damien was canonized. A Philadelphia heiress who became concerned about the plight of Native Americans during a trip West, Drexel founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in She established dozens of schools and missions across the West for American Indians as well as African Americans.

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After taking her vows as a nun in Grenoble, France, at the age of 19, Duchesne was forced to live as a laywoman for more than a decade when convents were shut down during the French Revolution. In she became a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, and in sailed to the Louisiana Territory. There she opened the first free school for girls west of the Mississippi River, as well as the first Catholic school for Native Americans.

A French nun of fragile health, Guerin was doubtful when her superiors asked her to sail to America to lead a small band of missionaries in rural Indiana. Jogues was a missionary who was enslaved and tortured by Mohawks near present-day Auriesville, N.

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After a year he managed to board a Dutch ship and return to France, where the priest was celebrated as a living martyr. He traveled to Quebec and in was entrusted with negotiating peace with his former captors.

He was killed with a tomahawk. Neumann left Bohemia for New York at the age of 25, hoping to be ordained after a bishop declared there were enough priests in his native land. Within three weeks of arrival, Neumann — who was fluent in several languages, including English, Italian and German — was ordained and served German immigrants in the Niagara Falls area.

During his eight years as bishop of Philadelphia, the city's Catholic schools grew from two to ; parish churches were built at a rate of almost one a month. Born into a prominent Anglican New York family, Seton converted to Catholicism after her husband died of tuberculosis in Italy.

A penniless widow with five children, rejected by New York society after her conversion, Seton moved to Maryland and founded the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity of St.

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She also opened the first free Catholic school in the United States. Orphaned at the age of 4 and raised by her uncle, the chief of a Mohawk village in what is now New York, Tekakwitha converted to Catholicism after meeting a priest. Shunned by many in her community, she ran away to a Jesuit mission near what is now Montreal, Canada, where she took a vow of virginity and lived a life of devout prayer and penance. He was also known for a happy availability for anyone who might need him at any time.

He became pastor of the church of St. Mary of the Assumption in New Orleans, and died there of yellow fever while nursing the sick during an epidemic. Isaac Jogues was born in and ordained a Jesuit priest in During the year following his ordination, Isaac saw the fulfillment of his dearest wish: to be a missionary to the Indians in New France. His first several years of missionary work among the Indians were quiet enough, but in , he and a group of fellow missionaries traveled to Iroquois country. There, the missionaries were whipped, bitten, and tormented in the most barbarous ways imaginable.

Isaac Jogues became a living martyr, watching his friends die around him and being constantly threatened by death himself. After a year of this torment, in which Isaac was able to evangelize and baptize a few of the Iroquois, a chance for escape presented itself. He boarded a Dutch ship and went back to France. This only lasted a few months, however, as his heart still longed to bring the Word of God to the Iroquois.

This return mission was to be his last. But I would be happy if our Lord wished to complete the sacrifice where he began it. He is the patron saint of the Americas and Canada. Francis Xavier Cabrini was born into a family of thirteen children. Due to health reasons, her first request to join a religious community was refused, but she was finally able to take her vows in However, the house that had been promised to her for an orphanage was unavailable when she reached New York City, and the archbishop advised her to return to Italy.

And she did. In 35 years, Frances Xavier Cabrini founded 6 institutions for the poor, the abandoned, the uneducated and the sick, and organized schools and adult education classes for formation in the Catholic Faith. She died of malaria in her own Columbus Hospital in Chicago in She was the first United States Citizen to be canonized, and she is known as the patron saint of immigrants. Rose Philippine Duchesne was a passionate young woman with a heart for missionary work.

She joined the Visitation nuns at the age of 19, but a few years later, convents were shut down during the French Revolution, and Rose was forced to return to life as a lay woman for many years. Ten years later, she was finally able to rejoin a convent, this time as a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart. In , she was sent to the Louisiana Territory as a missionary, facing illness, hardship and hunger to bring Catholicism to the Native Americans.

She opened the first free school for girls west of the Mississippi river, as well as the first Catholic school for Native Americans. Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa in , he served in the diocese's Guatemala mission for fourteen years.

He served the native Tzutuhil tribe, who are decedents of the Mayans. In order to serve his people, Fr. Rother learned both Spanish and the Tzutuhil language. Surrounded by extreme poverty, Fr. Rother ministered to his parishioners in their homes, eating with them, visiting the sick, aiding with medical problems and helping farm. While he served in Guatemala, a civil war raged between the militarist government forces and the guerillas. During this, conflict hundreds of thousands of Catholics were killed due to the Church's insistence on helping people.

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Eventually, Fr. Rother was targeted. For his safety, Fr. Rother returned to Oklahoma. Determined to give his life completely to his people, he stated that "the shepherd cannot run.

Within days of his return, three men entered the rectory and executed Fr. Seeking justice in the midst of a protracted civil war, Fr. Rother fought courageously for the well-being of his people. He entered the Capuchin Franciscans in Detroit in Known as "The Doorkeeper" when he was porter at St, Bonaventure's monastery, he was always ready to open the doors of the monastery to listen to anyone who knocked.

He faithfully and humbly served the people of Detroit, MI, Huntington, IN and New York by providing soup for the hungry, kind words for the troubled, and a healing touch for the sick.

People would seek out Fr. Solanus asking for "special favors," which lead to numerous miraculous healings and answered prayers. Known for his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, Fr.

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Solanus would often play his violin for Jesus in the presence of the tabernacle. Solanus was diagnosed with erysipelas and died on July 31 st , His body was found incorrupt thirty years after his death. Print Share Calendar Diocesan Locator. January 4 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, S. Founder of the Sisters of Charity of St. Considered founder of the Catholic School system in the US. Elizabeth Ann Seton january 5 St. John Neumann, C. Missionary and 4 th bishop of Philadelphia. Founded the first diocesan Catholic school system in U.

To learn more: St. Marianne Cope, O. Marianne Cope Prayer to St. Marianne Cope March 3 St. Katharine Drexel, S. Katharine Drexel Prayer to St. Katharine Drexel May 10 St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai, SS. Missionary to the lepers of Molokai, Hawaii St. Damien de Veuster Prayers to St. Kateri Tekakwitha Native American and consecrated virgin Nicknames are generally silly, entertaining names given to people by affectionate relatives or friends. Kateri Tekakwitha Prayer to St. Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C. October 19 St. Isaac Jogues, S. Jesuit priest, missionary and one of the North American martyrs St.

Frances Xavier Cabrini, M. Frances Xavier Cabrini Prayers to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini.