Saint Lucy was born to Catholic parents in Sichuan in 1815. Devout and pious from a young age, she made a vow of chastity at the age of 12.
At the request of local priests, she taught the faith for many years in schools and in a convent as well as doing missionary work.
In 1862, she went with Father Wen Nair to Jiahanlong to found a mission. Many of the Friars, including Father Wen, were arrested and executed. The day after the execution, Lucy was put on trial. She refused to recant her faith, and was beheaded. Her feast day is February 19.
Saint Kateri was born in Upstate N.Y. in 1656 to a Christian Algonquin woman who had been given as a captive to her father, a Mohawk chief. Her family was ravaged by smallpox when she was 4 years old and she lost both of her parents and her brother. She survived with disfiguring facial scars and such weak eyesight that she was given the name Tekakwitha, meaning ‘ she who bumps into things.’
At 18, Kateri joined the Catholic church. Her family allowed it, but they were staunchly against Christianity. Kateri was ridiculed and shamed constantly due to her faith . Because she would not work on Sundays she was not allowed to eat on that day.
Ins spite of constant pressure and derision, Kateri remained faithful to Christ.
The scorn around her built up to the point where her life was threatened and she fled, walking almost 200 miles to a Christian Native Settlement in Canada.
After suffering a long illness, she died at the age of 23. Her last words were ‘ I love you Jesus’.
It was reported by witnesses, that after her death her facial scars disappeared and she was radiant.
She is the Patron Saint of the Environment, and is known as The Lily of the Mohawks
She is the first Native American Saint.
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Saint Augustine Zhao Rong was a Chinese soldier who accompanied Bishop Dufresse to his martyrdom in Beijing. He was so overcome by the beauty and power of the faith, that even after directly witnessing the danger of being Christian, he had himself baptized.
He soon became a priest and ministered for many years. He was arrested for the crime of being a priest and tortured to death in 1815.
It is to be remembered that the persecution of Christians in China had much to do with complex historical and political events. Pope John Paul 11 apologized to China for ‘errors and limits of the past’. For more info http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=3159
Born in 1611 to Christian parents near Nagasaki Japan.This was a time of persecution of Christians in Japan, and both of her parents were martyred when she was about 10 years old.
Magdalene became a lay Augustinian and was the interpreter and catechist for two Augustinian friars who were subsequently burned alive for the crime of being Christian.
Magdalene fled to the hill country and ministered to the people and refuges there.
Seeking to inspire the people during this time of intense persecution, Saint Magdalene turned herself in to the authorities wearing her Augustinian habit and openly confessing to being a follower of Christ.
Saint Magdalene was tortured and hung upside down in a pit of garbage for 13 days. On her last day, the pit was filled with water and she drowned.
Her Feast day is September 28.