During Women’s History Month, we are all more keenly aware of the impact of women leaders upon society. Especially on March 8th, media outlets and all of our favorite Instagram accounts were proudly promoting women’s accomplishments and sharing stories of heroines. But does Women’s History Month include Catholic female leaders? Sometimes, yes! Last week, CNN released the headline that [...]
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Religious Foundress, Servant of the Incurable, Model of Holy Perseverance Rose Hawthorne Lathrop She was the third daughter of the celebrated American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, but she abandoned a life of literature to care for the cancerous poor. Rose Hawthorne Lathrop was born in Massachusetts, one year after her father’s work The Scarlet Letter was published. [...]
Renowned Lace Maker, Loving Wife, Mother of Saints St. Zélie Guérin Martin If you had told the young Zélie Martin that she would someday become a famous lace maker, marry the man of her dreams, and raise five daughters who would become brides of Christ, one of whom would later become a canonized saint and [...]
Model of Feminine Authority, Writer, Composer, Visionary, Doctor of the Church St. Hildegard von Bingen St. Hildegard’s feminine strength and authority, combined with her intellectual talents and mystical gifts, allowed her to be a courageous and outspoken presence to the Church leaders and political figures of her time. Hildegard was born in the year 1098 [...]
Mother, Doctor, Fashionista, Lover of Life St. Gianna Beretta Molla Often women wonder, how is it possible to do it all, to juggle a career, a family, and still have time for my own sanity? This modern saint tells us the secret, which lies in our total surrender to God and in loving Him above [...]
Talented Storyteller, Visionary, “Secretary of Mercy” St. Maria Faustina Kowalska St. Faustina was chosen by Jesus to be His missionary of the powerful message of Divine Mercy, but her visionary spiritual life was hidden by her humble external appearance. In 1905, she was born as Helena Kowalska to a family of poor peasants in Poland [...]
Teacher, Consecrated Lay Woman, Foundress, Modern Spiritual Leader Chiara Lubich Chiara Lubich is the foundress of the Focolare Movement (The Work of Mary) and is regarded as one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the twentieth century. Born in 1920 in Northern Italy and baptized Silvia Lubich, she experienced a profound religious awakening at [...]
Doctor of the Church, Patroness of Missionaries, Priests, and of People Who Fall Asleep While Praying St. Thérèse of Lisieux No one would have ever guessed that this hidden and humble “Little Flower” had an unbending will of pure steel and the bold heart of a warrior. Yet anyone who reads her biography, “The Story [...]
Witty Socialite, Reformer, Mystic, Doctor of the Church St. Teresa of Avila Even at a young age, Teresa had a knack for getting into trouble. She was born to a prominent and pious couple in Old Castille, a city of Avila, Spain. Inspired by the stories of the saints, at the age of seven, Teresa [...]
Skilled Administrator, Creator of Beauty, Mother of Lepers in Hawaii St. Marianne Cope St. Marianne Cope’s love of and gift for creating beauty and cleanliness served to bring peace and joy to those around her throughout her life. She was born Barbara Koob in the year 1838 in West Germany. As a small child, her [...]