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Winchester, VA – Chiara Offreduccio was born in 1194, the daughter of a wealthy father and a devout mother. The faith came easy to her, and she devoted herself to prayer. At 18, she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach and she asked him to help her live according to the Gospel. On Palm Sunday 1212, […]

Winchester, VA – Saint Lawrence was born in 225 in Spain and was ordained a deacon by his friend, Pope St. Sixtus II in 257. Despite his youth, he was appointed first of the seven deacons of Rome. In his position, he had charge of the Church’s treasury and riches, and saw to the distribution of […]

Winchester, VA – Edith Stein was born a German Jew in 1891, and by her teen years had become atheist. While on holiday in 1921, she picked up St. Teresa of Avila’s autobiography and in the course of a night was converted to Catholicism and was baptized in 1922. When Nazi anti-Semitic policies caused her to […]

Winchester, VA – Mary MacKillop was born in Australia in 1842 to poor Scottish immigrants. At 20 she got a job teaching children in Portland, Victoria. Four years later, she movedto Penola at the invitation of Father Julian Woods, dedicated herself to God, and assisted in the opening of a school fashioned out of a stable. […]

Winchester, VA – Saint Cajetan was born Gaetano Conti di Thiene, in 1480. He became both a civil and canon lawyer at 24 and worked in the court of Pope Julius II. He was ordained in 1516, and later opened hospitals for incurables in Vicenza and Venice. He was derided for joining an order comprised of […]

Winchester, VA – Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception, born Anna Muttathupadathu in 1910, she was raised by her maternal aunt, who wanted her to become a perfect housewife with a wealthy husband. She, however, wanted to become a bride of Christ. After falling into a pit of burning chaff at 13 and becoming permanently disfigured, […]

Winchester, VA – Saint Aurelius was the son of a Moor and a Spanish woman who lived during the Moorish persecutions of the 9th century. When he was orphaned, he was raised by his Christian aunt. He married a half-Moorish woman named Sabigotho, who upon her conversion to Christianity took the name Natalia. They were beheaded […]

Winchester, VA – Saints Anne and Joachim are the grandparents of Our Blessed Lord. Their names were recorded in the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James, dating to the mid-second century, and other early sources dating up to the sixth century include details about their lives. Joachim was a Galilean who settled down with Ann at the Sheep […]

Winchester, VA – James was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the brother of Saint John the Beloved. The brothers were out repairing their nets one day with their father when Jesus called them to be his disciples. They followed without delay and earned the name “Sons of Thunder.” James was one of the three […]

Winchester, VA – Saint Kinga, also called Cunegonde, is the patroness of Poland and Lithuania. She was born in 1224, the daughter of King Bela IV of Hungary. Her sisters are  Saint Margaret of Hungary and Blessed Jolenta of Poland. But her saintly connections do not end there! She was also the niece of Saint Elizabeth […]


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