Our Patron Saints
SAINT JOHN BOSCO
Christ called Saint John Bosco to serve as a friend, mentor, teacher, and father to neglected children. He would father groups of young boys together to play games, to hear confessions, to talk about work, and to encourage virtue. Bosco famously said, "It is not enough to love the young, they must know that they are loved." His life was devoted to bringing young people to God through education, friendship, and love. Saint John Bosco, pray for us!
BLESSED PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI
As the patron of Catholic youth, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was known for his vibrant spirit and his love for adventure. He and a close group of peers created a community based on friendship in Christ, their love of the outdoors, and service. Son of a wealthy family, Bl. Pier Giorgio dedicated his life to serving the poor and those in need until his death at the young age of 24. His motto, Verso l'alto, or "To the heights" embodied his constant desire to strive towards the summit of eternal life. Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, pray for us!
SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
The founder of the Society of Jesus, Saint Ignatius encouraged his men to go out and find God in all things. They spent most of their time in spaces such as classrooms, ready to live for the greater glory of God and defend the truth. Through prayer and contemplation, Saint Ignatius discerned God's will and grew in self-knowledge. A former soldier, he and his Society worked tirelessly to combat heresy through education. He believed that reason could be used to evangelize, founding 35 schools before his eventual death. Saint Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us!
BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
He was and remains the greatest advocate of Catholic education in modern times. A great advocate for the layman's vigorous participation in the life of the Church, Newman would be delighted by the explosive growth of lay apostolates in the wake of Vatican II. His sermons invite the layman to raise his sites and follow Christ with his whole heart and mind, body, and soul. Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us!
SAINT ELIZABETH ANN SETON
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is a saint of many firsts. When she was made a saint in 1975 by Pope Paul VI, she became the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized. She also established the first Catholic girls’ school in the nation, Saint Joseph Academy and Free School. This small school was the first of many to follow, forming into the Catholic parochial school system we have in the U.S. today. After establishing this school and an accompanying congregation of religious sisters, Mother Seton dedicated the rest of her life to serving children of the poor in her community. Her legacy lives on today in institutions across the country that serve these same groups. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!