Damien of Moloka’i: Saint to the Lepers

May Day 11 Today we honor Saint Damien de Veuster, as our 11th ‘patron against plague’ in our search for one for each day of May. And Brandon Vogt has written an excellent brief biography of the Saint for Word on Fire: “When Damien de Veuster arrived in Hawaii in 1864, he found an island-communityContinue reading “Damien of Moloka’i: Saint to the Lepers”

Camillus: 16th Century First Responder

May Day 9 Pope Francis, in his Mass intention of yesterday, called on us to pray for the Red Cross and the Red Crescent so today we call upon the intercession of Saint Camillus de Lellis, who founded the original ‘Red Cross’ centuries ago, as we continue our month of May search for ’31 patronsContinue reading “Camillus: 16th Century First Responder”

Anthony the Great: Patron of Social Distancing and Protection Against Plague

May Day 6 As we continue our 31 day month of May search for 31 ‘plague protectors’ we nominate Saint Anthony the Great (also called Anthony of the Desert) as the official patron against COVID 19. Turns out he’s a 2fer (two for the price of one) Saint. The Life of Anthony, as told toContinue reading “Anthony the Great: Patron of Social Distancing and Protection Against Plague”

Roch: Powerful Patron Against Plagues

Day 5 Saint Roch (pronounced Rock) was born with a distinctive red cross birthmark on his chest in 1295 at Montpellier, France. He was only 32 years old when he died in 1327. Born into a wealthy family, Saint Roch lost his parents at the age of 20. He divested himself of all their wealth, distributingContinue reading “Roch: Powerful Patron Against Plagues”