St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia

This holy couple raised nine children, several of whom are also canonized saints. Basil was a lawyer, and he and his wife Emmelia lived with Basil's mom on Emmelia's family's fortune. They raised their children in the faith with the help of Basil’s mom. After Basil’s death, when her children had left home, Emmelia divided up her property amongst the children, and lived simply with one of her daughters. Women came to join them, and they started a small convent together.

St. Isidore the Farmer and St. Maria

Isidore worked on a farm with his wife, Maria. They had one son who died in childhood. Isidore was a devoted father and hard worker who put great effort into prayer. He and his wife were very hospitable, opening their home for meals to those who were hungry. Even when he was very busy with farm work, Isidore prioritized prayer, and he was still always able to complete his work.

St. Louis Martin and St. Zélie Guérin Martin

The parents of St. Therese of Lisieux and four other daughters (at least one of whom is on the road to sainthood as well), worked together on Zelie's lace business. Louis did some of the traveling required for the business, while Zelie oversaw the work in their town. They were prayerful and generous, and worked diligently to help their business and their family thrive.

St. Nerses the Great

Nerses married a princess and together they had their son, Isaac who became St. Isaac the Great, a bishop and martyr. Later, after his wife passed away, Nerses began working in the court of the King of Armenia. He eventually became a bishop, and was exiled and poisoned because he spoke up against the immoral behavior of the king. His son followed in his footsteps, marrying, then becoming a monk at the death of his wife. Isaac also helped reform the church in Armenia, allowing it to thrive for future generations.

St. Gianna Molla

Gianna had four children with her husband Pietro, balancing family life and her work as a pediatrician. She was active in her Catholic community and loved spending time outdoors. She and Pietro wanted to create a loving Christian family when they married, and that’s what she did until she sacrificed her life for her unborn child at the age of 39.