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8 Saints in May to put on your calendar


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Philip Kosloski - published on 05/03/22

In addition to the Ascension, May boasts a number of feasts days honoring influential saints.

The celebration of Jesus’ Ascension often falls during May, but the month also features a large number of influential saints in the Church, such as Our Lady of Fatima, Sts. Philip and James, St. Damien, St. Matthias and St. Philip Neri.

Here is a list of 8 of the most influential saints to imitate and celebrate in May.

1Sts. Philip and James – May 3

Sts. Philip and James the Lesser were among the 12 Apostles and both established churches and spread the Gospel.

2St. Damien de Veuster – May 10

Missionary in Hawaii to a leper colony, St. Damien was a humble priest who died serving his flock.

3St. John of Avila – May 10

St. John of Avila, a Doctor of the Church, was the spiritual advisor of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.

4Our Lady of Fatima – May 13


May 13 marks the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima, the anniversary of the first apparition of Mary to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco.

5St. Matthias – May 14

St. Matthias was the “replacement apostle,” who was chosen as one of the twelve after Judas’ betrayal and death.

6St. Brendan – May 16

St. Brendan is best known as an Irish missionary who made many legendary voyages, including one to America.

7St. Bernardine of Siena – May 20

St. Bernardine was a holy Franciscan who loved to spread devotion to Jesus’ Holy Name.

8St. Philip Neri – May 26

St. Philip Neri is known as the “second apostle of Rome,” and was known as a joyful priest.

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