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Sep

Saint Medardus - Patron saint of the weather, invoked against toothaches
Feast day - June 8
They say that when Medardus was a young boy in France, he took shelter beneath the wings of an eagle during a rainstorm. At the age of 33, he begrudgingly accepted the position of Bishop of Vermand, though his devotion upon taking the job was unflagging, eventually taking over the diocese of neighboring Tournai as well. He passed his days evangelizing to the pagan Flemish people of northern France, and died at the age of 48. French superstition holds that the meteorological events of Medardus’s feast day will continue for the next 40 days, saying “Quand il pleut à la Saint-Médard, il pleut quarante jours plus tard” (If it rains on St Medardus’ Day, it rains for forty days more). 

Saint Medardus - Patron saint of the weather, invoked against toothaches

Feast day - June 8

They say that when Medardus was a young boy in France, he took shelter beneath the wings of an eagle during a rainstorm. At the age of 33, he begrudgingly accepted the position of Bishop of Vermand, though his devotion upon taking the job was unflagging, eventually taking over the diocese of neighboring Tournai as well. He passed his days evangelizing to the pagan Flemish people of northern France, and died at the age of 48. French superstition holds that the meteorological events of Medardus’s feast day will continue for the next 40 days, saying “Quand il pleut à la Saint-Médard, il pleut quarante jours plus tard” (If it rains on St Medardus’ Day, it rains for forty days more). 

01

Sep

Saint Rose of Lima - Patron saint of embroiderers, florists, those who are ridiculed for their piety, the native peoples of the Americas, and the Peruvian Police Force
Feast day - August 23 or August 30
Born in Lima, Peru in 1586 as Isabel Flores y de Olivia, Saint Rose was the first Native American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. She took the name of Rose when she was confirmed at the age of 11, choosing it because she was said to miraculously turn her face into a rosebud as an infant. A lifelong vegetarian and a bit of a recluse, she would only leave her room to attend church, spending much of her time growing flowers and embroidering to raise money for the poor. Always one for self-martyrdom, Rose was known to wear a silver crown with a spiked inner lining, emulating the crown of thorns worn by Christ. 

Saint Rose of Lima - Patron saint of embroiderers, florists, those who are ridiculed for their piety, the native peoples of the Americas, and the Peruvian Police Force

Feast day - August 23 or August 30

Born in Lima, Peru in 1586 as Isabel Flores y de Olivia, Saint Rose was the first Native American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. She took the name of Rose when she was confirmed at the age of 11, choosing it because she was said to miraculously turn her face into a rosebud as an infant. A lifelong vegetarian and a bit of a recluse, she would only leave her room to attend church, spending much of her time growing flowers and embroidering to raise money for the poor. Always one for self-martyrdom, Rose was known to wear a silver crown with a spiked inner lining, emulating the crown of thorns worn by Christ. 

31

Aug

Saint Columbanus - patron saint of motorcyclists
Feast day: November 24
Hailing from the Kingdom of Meath, Comlumbanus’s claim to fame is the  number of monasteries that he managed to found in present day Italy and France during the 6th century. His miraculous feats include multiplication of food, taming with bears, escaping from wolves, and spilling a giant vat of beer at an Austrian party. Upon his death, Archbishop Healy called him the most chaste man ever to live. How he came to be associated with motorcyclists remains a mystery to me. 

Saint Columbanus - patron saint of motorcyclists

Feast day: November 24

Hailing from the Kingdom of Meath, Comlumbanus’s claim to fame is the  number of monasteries that he managed to found in present day Italy and France during the 6th century. His miraculous feats include multiplication of food, taming with bears, escaping from wolves, and spilling a giant vat of beer at an Austrian party. Upon his death, Archbishop Healy called him the most chaste man ever to live. How he came to be associated with motorcyclists remains a mystery to me. 

24

Nov

St. Joseph of Cupertino - Patron saint of aviators and the mentally handicapped
St. Joseph of Cupertino was a 17th century Neapolitan friar. As a child, Joseph was given the nickname “The Gaper” for the distinctly vacant expression that he sported frequently. While some attribute this dazed look to his notedly less-than-acute mental faculties, others believe that it was simply the result of the ecstatic visions that he was known to have. Joseph’s other miraculous powers, aside from his supernatural visions, include random bouts of levitation, and the apparent ability to detect sinners based on their scent. He was detained for several weeks during the Inquisition and eventually exiled to Assisi. He died at the age of 60 from an undetermined illness, with increased episodes of flight and ecstatic vision as a result of his fever. 

St. Joseph of Cupertino - Patron saint of aviators and the mentally handicapped

St. Joseph of Cupertino was a 17th century Neapolitan friar. As a child, Joseph was given the nickname “The Gaper” for the distinctly vacant expression that he sported frequently. While some attribute this dazed look to his notedly less-than-acute mental faculties, others believe that it was simply the result of the ecstatic visions that he was known to have. Joseph’s other miraculous powers, aside from his supernatural visions, include random bouts of levitation, and the apparent ability to detect sinners based on their scent. He was detained for several weeks during the Inquisition and eventually exiled to Assisi. He died at the age of 60 from an undetermined illness, with increased episodes of flight and ecstatic vision as a result of his fever. 

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Nov

St. Vitus, a martyr from 4th century Sicily, is the total package. Said to protect against lightning strikes, animal attacks, and oversleeping, Vitus is the patron saint of Bohemia, dancers, and dogs. At the tender age of 12, he was already performing exorcisms for the societally elite (most notably the son of Roman Emperor Diocletian). But his life was cut short only a year later when he died after being tortured in that very same Diocletian’s persecution of early Christians. 
Bonus fun fact: Choreia, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movements, is also known as St. Vitus Dance. It got this name from celebrations of his feast in the Middle Ages, which included dancing around his statue. 

St. Vitus, a martyr from 4th century Sicily, is the total package. Said to protect against lightning strikes, animal attacks, and oversleeping, Vitus is the patron saint of Bohemia, dancers, and dogs. At the tender age of 12, he was already performing exorcisms for the societally elite (most notably the son of Roman Emperor Diocletian). But his life was cut short only a year later when he died after being tortured in that very same Diocletian’s persecution of early Christians. 

Bonus fun fact: Choreia, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movements, is also known as St. Vitus Dance. It got this name from celebrations of his feast in the Middle Ages, which included dancing around his statue. 

St. Albinus of Angers - invoked as protection against pirate attacks
A fifth century French abbot, Albinus had a reputation for heroism. On several mysterious occassions involving both collapsing walls and guards, he used the power of prayer and faith to free the wrongly imprisoned. And he was a big opponent of incestuous weddings. Those things alone make it obvious how this guy made it to sainthood, but it is really his use of diocesan money to free the captives of pirates that earned him his patronage.

St. Albinus of Angers - invoked as protection against pirate attacks

A fifth century French abbot, Albinus had a reputation for heroism. On several mysterious occassions involving both collapsing walls and guards, he used the power of prayer and faith to free the wrongly imprisoned. And he was a big opponent of incestuous weddings. Those things alone make it obvious how this guy made it to sainthood, but it is really his use of diocesan money to free the captives of pirates that earned him his patronage.