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Our First Native American Saint

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St. Damien of Molokai

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

In the Footsteps of St. Kateri
James Breig

Thousands flock to upstate New York to walk where the first Native American saint did.

Source of Pride
Jack Wintz, OFM

A Franciscan and two Navajo coworkers from the reservation in New Mexico speak praise of St. Kateri.

Catholic Culture, Native Roots
John Feister

Her purity, her tenacity, her openness to others— these and other attributes keep St. Kateri close to her followers’ hearts.

Marianne Cope: America's Other New Saint
James Breig

WEB+ Mother Marianne Cope: A Blessed Among Lepers

More information on St. Marianne Cope

Cardinal Dolan on the New Evangelizaton
John Feister

This month bishops worldwide gather in Vatican City to discuss New Evangelization. We asked the president of the U.S. bishops to give us a preview.

Who's Your Neighbor?
Robert I. Craig

Here’s a modern-day Good Samaritan story.

Singing for Life
Susan Hines-Brigger

Collin Raye was on the top of the country music industry when he decided to start using his voice for a higher purpose.

WEB+ Collin Raye's website

Song Collin wrote about his granddaughter Haley

to St. Anthony Messenger Print Edition

James of the Marche: Meet one of the fathers of the modern pawnshop! 
<p>James was born in the Marche of Ancona, in central Italy along the Adriatic Sea. After earning doctorates in canon and civil law at the University of Perugia, he joined the Friars Minor and began a very austere life. He fasted nine months of the year; he slept three hours a night. St. Bernardine of Siena told him to moderate his penances. </p><p>James studied theology with St. John of Capistrano. Ordained in 1420, James began a preaching career that took him all over Italy and through 13 Central and Eastern European countries. This extremely popular preacher converted many people (250,000 at one estimate) and helped spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. His sermons prompted numerous Catholics to reform their lives and many men joined the Franciscans under his influence. </p><p>With John of Capistrano, Albert of Sarteano and Bernardine of Siena, James is considered one of the "four pillars" of the Observant movement among the Franciscans. These friars became known especially for their preaching. </p><p>To combat extremely high interest rates, James established <i>montes pietatis</i> (literally, mountains of charity)--nonprofit credit organizations that lent money at very low rates on pawned objects. </p><p>Not everyone was happy with the work James did. Twice assassins lost their nerve when they came face to face with him. James died in 1476 and was canonized in 1726.</p> American Catholic Blog Let us never tire of seeking the Lord—of letting ourselves be sought by him—of tending over our relationship with him in silence and prayerful listening. Let us keep our gaze fixed on him, the center of time and history; let us make room for his presence within us.

The Blessing of Family

First Sunday of Advent
Before dinner this evening gather your family to bless the Advent wreath and light one purple candle.

Remember also to give thanks for departed loved ones with whom you’ll someday be reunited.

Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)
Thanks be to God for our families, our homes, our lives. Happy Thanksgiving from Catholic Greetings and

May this birthday mark the beginning of new and exciting adventures!

St. Andrew Dung-Lac
Our common faith is our greatest treasure. Join Vietnamese Catholics around the world in honoring this 19th-century martyr.

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