Saints for every month of the year - a medium-sized list of saints

The official  Roman Catholic calendar of saints is long and complicated: there are saints assigned to most days, some days have multiple saints, and many saints are unknown outside of their own area or language group.

On the other hand, most other lists of famous saints are short, don't include people who were only declared as saints very recently - and don't include any saints  for some months of the year.

This list has
  • A few saints for each and every month of the year  - but not so many that you're overwhelmed!
  • The spiritual super-stars - all the well-known saints.
  • Some not-so-famous saints who are recently canonised or particularly well-known in English-speaking countries, 
  • Either brief historical information about each saint, or a link to a more detailed page with this information and suggested hymns for the saint's feast day.

This list is useful for teachers and others who might want to choose a "saint of the month", and for  liturgists who are looking for brief information about the more modern English-speaking saints.

Is there a saint who you think should be included?   

Leave a message in the Comments section at the bottom of the page, giving a little information about them.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - 4 January

Patron saint of in-law troubles and loss of children.
Elizabeth Ann Seton was an American woman who was raised in New York City. Her father in-law died four years after her marriage, and then the business which her husband inherited failed. Her husband became sick, so they went to Italy, where he died. Then Elizabeth Ann became a Catholic and discovered a particular devotion to the Virgin Mary. She returned to America, and set up the first Catholic school there. In 1809 she took a vow of poverty, chastity, and obedience.  She is the first saint who was born in America.

St. Sebastian - 20 January

St. Thomas Aquinas - 28 January

Patron saint of academics, schools, and universities, and students.
Tommaso d'Aquino was an Italian who lived from 1225-1274. He was a Dominican friar, and an influential philosopher and theologian. Today he is regarded as one of the Doctor's of the church. He wrote many books, and the Latin text of many famous hymns including the Pange Lingua.


St Brigid of Kildare - 1 February

St. Agatha - 5 Feb

Patron saint of breast cancer sufferers.
Agatha was imprisoned and tortured for her faith, and during the torture, her breasts were amputated.

St Josephine Bakhita - 8 February


St David - 1 March

St Patrick - 17 March

St Joseph husband of Mary - 19 March.


St. Bernadette - 16 April

Patron saint of bodily ills and orphans.
Suffered from ill health as a child and young woman, including asthma and digestive problems. She received sacrament of the sick at least three times.  When she was a child, she had a vision of the Virgin Mary. At Lourdes in France, Mary told her to dig in the mud, and a spring appeared in which many people were healed.

St George - 23 April

St. Mark the Evangelist - 25 April

Patron of attorneys, prisoners, notaries and a Martyr
Mark was a disciple, and tradition has it that he was at the wedding in Cana when Jesus miraculously turned water into wine.  He accompanied Paul and Barnabus on their missionary journey and he wrote the gospel that carries his name today. It is believed that he was martyred in 68AD by being dragged through the street.  His symbol is the lion, because his Gospel starts with John the Baptist proclaiming "Make ready the way of the Lord".

St. Catherine of Siena - 29 April


St. Joseph the Worker - 1 May

St. Peregrine Laziosi - 1 May

Patron of cancer victims
From a wealthy family in Italy, Peregrine was born in 1260. He was a visionary and saw the Virgin Mary, who told him to join the Servite order, who observe silence and solitude. Later in his life, doctors wanted to amputate a tumor on his leg, but he spent the night before the operation praying and the next morning it was found that the tumor was gone and he was cured.

St. Rita - 22 May

Patron saint of impossible cases.
As a young woman, Rita wanted to enter a convent, but instead a marriage was arranged, to a man who became violent and abusive. After twenty years her husband was murdered, and her two sons also died, leaving her free to join an Augustinian convent. After praying, "Please let me suffer like you Divine Savior.", she was wounded by a thorn on her forehead, which would not heal and caused her to suffer until her death.

St. Joan of Arc - 30 May


St. Justin Martyr - 1 June

Patron of philosophers, Father of the Church and martyr
Just was a Gentile from Italy. After converting to Christianity he defended the faith in Rome and then Asia Minor. He was martyred after a another philosophy student complained about this. He wrote two documents explaining the faith, which became known as "Apologies". The first is one of the earliest recorded documents teaching meaning of the Eucharist.

St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs of Uganda (1886) - 3 June

King Mwanga of the Baganda in Uganda believed that Christian missionaries, were the advance guard of European powers who wanted to encroach upon his country. And he was not happy that they commented on his sexual behaviour. In May 1886, he asked the Christians among his pages to identify themselves, and 15 did, including Charles Lwanga (24) who was a catechist. He gave them a chance to renounce their faith, and when they did not, he ordered that they were to be burned to death. Their deaths, and others subsequent weeks, resulted in many conversions. The quote “Poor, foolish man . . . you are burning me, but it is as if you were pouring water on my body.” is attributed to Lwanga.

St Boniface of Mainz - 5 June

St Columba / Colmcille - 9 June

Columba was an Irish monk, who was exiled (with some friends) to Iona in Scotland after copying a book without permission.

St. Anthony of Padua - 13 June

St. John the Baptist - 24 June

Saints Peter and Paul - 29 June


St. Thomas the Apostle - 3 July

Patron saint of architects, apostle and martyr.
 Born a Jew, Jesus called Thomas as one of the twelve disciples. He is remembered for not believing that Jesus had risen from the dead, saying "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger in his side I will not believe." which earnt him the title "Doubting Thomas".  After Pentecost, Thomas was sent to evangelize the Parthians, Medes, Persians, and India.

St. Maria Goretti - 6 July

Patron saint of rape victims, youth and purity.
Maria was born in Italy to a farming family. When she was 12, an neighboring boy of 18 tried to rape her. She resisted, he stabbed her, but before she died she forgave him even though he was unrepentant. Later, she appeared to him in a dream, giving him flowers. This experience changed his attitude, and he later attended her canonization in St. Peter's Square.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (Mother Cabrini) - 7 July

Patron saint of immigrants and hospital administrators.
Francesca Saverio Cabrini (1850 – 1917) was born to Italian parents in the Lombard Province of Lodi, which was then part of the Austrian Empire. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, after being refused entry to the Daughters of the Sacred Heart. She asked the Pope for permission to set up a mission in China - but he sent her to the USA instead, to serve Italian immigrants there. She founded many health and educational institutions, and "Mother Cabrini’s prayer for humility" became widely known.

In 1909 she was naturalized as a United States citizen. She was canonized (made a saint) in 1946 - making her the she was the first American saint.

St. Veronica - 12 July

Patron saint of photographers.
When Jesus carried the cross, she used her veil to wipe his face clean, and and she later discovered the imprint of Christ's face on it.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha - 14 July

Patron saint of the environment, first Native American saint.
Kateri was born in 1656. Her father was a a Mohawk warrior and her Catholic a member of the Alqonquin. She was baptised by a Jesuit missionary.  When she was four, brother and mother and brother died of smallpox, and she was scarred by the disease. But within 15 minutes of her dying, her face was healed. There were many reports of her appearing to people, carrying a a cross.

St. Mary Magdalene - 21 July

St. Anne - 25 July

St. James the Apostle (St James the Great) - 25 July

St. Martha 29 July

Patron saint of housewives, domestic workers and cooks.
Martha lived in Bethany with her sister Mary during Jesus life. She was a follower, and is remembered for the story in Luke 10:38-42 about Jesus being a guest in their home.

St Ignatius of Loyola - 31 July

Patron saint of soldiers, spiritual retreats, educators and education. Patron and founder of the Jesuits (SJ, Society of Jesus)
Born in Spain, Ignatius was a Basque knight, who had a spiritual conversion after he was injured. He then abandoned the life of a solider and devoted himself to working for God. After a visionary expereince, he prayed for many hours each day and began working on the Spiritual Exercises. He later studied theology in Paris, where he and a few followers took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience - they later became the Society of Jesus,


St John Vianney, the Curé d'Ars - 4 August

Patron saint of pastors; confessors
Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney (1786–1859) grew up during the French revolution - priests became his heros, due to their spiritual work even when this was forbidden. He had very little formal education, and so struggled when he eventually started to train as a priest, and failed many of his exams. Despite this he was eventually ordained any due to his personal holiness, and eventually he became a parish priest. He became internationally known notable for his work, especially for hearing confessions for many hours each day, and this had a the radical effect on the spiritually-starved post-revolution community.

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop - 8 August

St. Dominic - 8 August

Patron saint of astronomers.
Spanish born, Dominic was a priest who preached against the Albigensianism heresy and helped to reform the Cistercian order. He founded the Order of Preachers, who were were traveling preachers and practised a life of penance and prayer. He was particularly responsible for spreading the practise of praying the Rosary.

St. Edith Stein, also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross - 9 August

Patron saint of loss of parents and converts.
Originally Jewish, Edith was baptised as a Catholic in 1922. During World War II, she and her sister were sent to Auschwitz, and died in the gas chambers in 1942. She is considered a martyr.

St. Clare of Assisi (Chiara Offreduccio) - 11 August

Patron saint of eye disease and communications.
Clare was the first of the "Poor Clares" - women who committed to a monastic life of prayer and service to the sick, inspired by St. Francis of Assisi.

St. Jane Frances de Chantal - 12 August

Patron saint of forgotten people and widows.
A French woman, born in 1572. She married when she was 20, and had four children before her husband was killed in a hunting accident. Later, Jane founded the Visitation Order and worked as a spiritual director.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux - 20 August

Patron saint of mountaineers, The Alps, and Doctor of the Church
Born in Burgundy, France, Bernard entered the Cistercian Order after his mother died. Founder and first abbot of the Abbey of Clairvaux. Well-known for fighting against heresies, he took part in the Second Council of the Lateran. He encouraged scriptural contemplation, in particular the Lectio Divina method.

St. Augustine of Hippo - 28 August

Patron of Brewers, and Father of the Church
St. Augustine for some time lived a life of immorality, drinking and partying - and as a result he is the patron saint of brewers. He converted to Christianity after reading in scripture "put away all impurity and live in imitation of Jesus." Baptized by St. Ambrose, he was later a priest and eventually, the Bishop of Hippo. He wrote the poem "Too late have I loved You."

St. Monica - 29 August

Patron saint of mothers, alcoholism and troubled marriages.
Born in Africa in 331, she married an abusive alcoholic pagan, with whom she had three children, one of whom was St. Augustine


St. Gregory the Great - 3 September

Patron saint of students, teachers, musicians, and Doctor of the Church
Gregory was a Benedictine monk, known for liturgical reform: Gregorian chant is named to him. As a monk, he founded six monasteries and re-vitalised the church's missionary work. He was elected as pope when he was 50.

St Teresa of Calcutta - 5 September

Patron saint of World Youth Day, the poorest of the poor, and the dying.
Initially Teresa joined the Loretto sisters, and became Sister Mary Teresa after St. Therese of Lisieux. In 1946, she heard Jesus say "Come be My light" and left to the Lorettos to start the Missionaries of Charity a new order which served the sick and dying on the streets of Calcutta, India.

St. Matthew - 21 September

St. Vincent de Paul - 27 September

Patron saint of charitable societies
Educated by Franciscans in France, Vincent de Paul was ordained a priest in 1600. He was captured by pirates while he was at sea, and imprisoned for two years. He founded the Sisters of Charity, who served the poor through spiritual and corporal works of mercy, the Vincentians who served the poor in small towns and villages.

St. Michael the Archangel - 29 September

St. Jerome - 30 September

Patron of librarians, students, and orphans, and a Doctor of the Church
He was a priest, theologian and historian, and the most educated of the Church Fathers. To obtain a religious library, he copied St. Hilary's books, and he translated the Bible from Hebrew into Latin (the Vulgate) and wrote many scriptural commentaries.


Thérèse of Lisiuex - 1 October 

St. Francis of Assisi - 4 October

Saint Faustina - 5 October

Patron saint of Divine Mercy.
Faustina was Polish, born in 1905. She received a message from God to spread the message of his mercy to the world, and wrote a diary about this which has been published.

St John Paul II - 9 October

Patrol saint of World Youth Day, young Catholics and family life

Karol Józef Wojtyla was born in Poland in 1920, and eventually he became the first non-Italian pope since the Dutch Pope Adrian VI (1522 to 1523). He helped to end Communist rule in Poland and eventually all of Europe, and improved the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. As Pope John Paul II travelled widely, and had a special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, beatify 1,340 people and canonising 483 saints - more than all of other popes in the last 500 years added together.

St John XXIII (Twenty-third) - 11 October

Patron saint of Papal delegates, the Second Vatican Council and Christian unity
Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was born in 1881 in Italy. He was ordained a priest, and became a diplomat. In this role, he made various efforts during World War II to save refugees, who were mostly Jewish, from the Nazi Holocaust. When he became Pope, it was assumed (because he was quite old) that he would only be a short-term or "stop-gap" pope, and would not do very much. However he surprised people, and called together the Second Vatican Council, from which came changes that reshaped the face of Catholicism: a comprehensively revised liturgy, emphasis on ecumenism, and a new approach to the world. He wrote a diary of spiritual reflections which was published as "Journal of a Soul", It tells of his goals and work as a young man to "grow in holiness" and continues until after he was elected as pope.

St. Teresa of Avila - 15 October

Patron saint of headache sufferers.
Teresa was placed her in a convent to protect her from the world after her mother died. She struggled to balance her love of God with her need for friends and fun. She eventually joined the Carmelite Order. She was a mystic and a poet and an author, and is now called a Doctor of the Church.

St. Margaret Mary - 17 October

Patron saint of polio victims.
Margaret Mary was born in France in 1647. She had rheumatic fever when she was a child, and was confined to bed for five years. As an adult, she refused to marry, and entered a convent instead. As well as being devoted to the Eucharist, she had vision in which Christ told her to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

St. Luke - 18 October

St. Jude Thaddaeus - 28 October

Patron of desperate causes, apostle and martyr

St. Jude was one of the apostles, and brother of St. James the Less. He is not the same Judas who betrayed Jesus. He wrote an epistle in the Bible, stressing the need to persevere during difficulties and is considered the patron of desperate causes. Tradition says he was martyred with Simon the Zealot in Beirut, by being executed with an axe.


St. Elizabeth of Hungary - 17 November

Patron saint of widows, the homeless and young brides.
Elizabeth was the daughter of the King of Hungary. At 14 years, she was married to Louis of Thuring, who was killed in the Crusades when Elizabeth was 20. Rejected by her in-laws, she adopted a life of serving the sick and the poor. She joined the Secular Franciscan Order and one of her works was to found a hospital. She died when she was 23 years old.

Saint Cecilia - 22 November

Saint Columban / St Colmbanus - Missionary - 23 November

Columbanus was born around 543 in the province of Leinster in Ireland. He entered a monastery in Bangor, County Down and became a monk. In 591, he and 12 friends when on a pilgrimage to Burgundy in France, and then established monasteries in Annegray, Luxeuil and Fontaine. He also worked in Austria, and a foundation at Bobbio, near Genoa. He is famous for preachimg the gospel and establishing monasteries in Europe.

St. Catherine Leboure' - 28 November

Patron saint of the Miraculous Medal.
The Virgin Mary appeared to Catherine three times, telling her to have a particular medal made. Once this was done, many miracles were attributed to it, and so it became known as "The Miraculous Medal".

St. Andrew the Apostle - 30 November


St Francis Xavier - 3 December 

St Nicholas, Bishop of Myra- 6 December (in the West), 19 December (in the East)

St. John of the Cross - 14 December

Patron saint of poets, mystics, and contemplatives, and a Doctor of the Church
Spanish born John of the Cross came from a poor family, and when he was 14 he got a job caring for hospital patients with mental and terminal illnesses. In the poverty and suffering he witnessed, John found beauty and happiness in God. He became a Carmelite, and was a friend of St. Teresa of Avila and involved in trying to reform the order. He was mystical poet, and his works include "The Dark Night of the Soul".

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