Saints of the Month

November 2017 - St. Andrew

St. Andrew

Jesus’ first apostle followed him to martyrdom

First century
Feast: November 30

According to the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, Jesus saw Andrew and his brother Simon Peter casting their fishing nets in the Sea of Galilee and said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” John’s Gospel says Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist who followed Jesus when he heard John call him “the Lamb of God.” After spending the day with Jesus, Andrew told his brother, “We have found the Messiah.” According to tradition, St. Andrew was crucified in Greece on an X-shaped cross, which is now his distinctive symbol and the symbol of Scotland, of which he is the patron. Some of St. Andrew’s remains were brought to Scotland in the fourth century; other parts of his skeleton lie in the crypt of the cathedral in Amalfi, Italy, where they produce a clear, water-like substance called “manna.” 

-Catholic News Agency

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October 2017 - St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin

St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin

Peasant girl became brave and beloved nurse

Feast: October 20

Anna Francesca Boscardin was born in Brendola, Italy, to a poor peasant family with a violently abusive alcoholic father. She had little education and worked as a servant. Her family nicknamed her “the goose” due to her apparent lack of intelligence. She entered the Sisters of St. Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Heart, in 1904, taking the name Bertilla. After working in the convent’s kitchen and laundry for three years, she trained as a nurse. She quickly became a favorite in the children’s ward due to her simple and gentle way. She cared for wounded Italian soldiers during World War I, staying with patients while the area was bombed. She was canonized in 1961 by Pope John XXIII before a crowd that included many of her former patients, and many miracles have been reported at her tomb.

-Catholic News Agency

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