Maria Faustyna Kowalska, (25 August 1905 – 5 October 1938)
Sister Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in 1905 the third of ten children to a poor family. At seven Faustina first felt the call to religious life, but she couldn’t do anything about it until after she finished school and then her parents wouldn’t allow it. At 16 Faustina began working as a housekeeper in Lodz to support herself and her family, this wouldn’t last long as in three short years Faustina would be on a train to Warsaw to find a convent that would accept her. By the time she was 20 Faustina was provisionally accepted at a convent with stipulation she would have to buy her habit, it took a year to get enough money, and in two short years she took her first vows. In February 1931 Faustina had a vision that changed her life, Jesus appeared to her as the “King of Divine Mercy” wearing a white garment with red and pale rays emanating from his heart. Jesus told Faustina to paint this image with the signature “Jesus I trust in You.” Faustina would continue to have vision of Christ and from this came the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. John Paul II was a big fan of Sister Faustina, in a homily on Divne Mercy Sunday, JPII said “The message she brought is the appropriate and incisive answer that God wanted to offer to the questions and expectations of human beings in our time, marked by terrible tragedies. Jesus said to Sr Faustina one day: ‘Humanity will never find peace until it turns with trust to the Divine Mercy.'”
Blessed John Henry Newman CO (21 February 1801 – 11 August 1890)
John Newman is a very influential individual in my life. Newman began as a Anglican and was heavily involved with the Oxford movement, which was a group of Anglicans who wanted to return to the Catholic Church, many of them eventually converted, and this is the fore runner to the Anglo-Catholics of today. Newman was a big figure with his idea of what make a University, these ideas never really caught on. However these ideas sort of morphed into the Catholic club at Oxford, which later became the Oxford University Newman Society. This was the first time that officially a catholic group got together at a non catholic university. These clubs have spread around the globe and are places for young women and men to explore their faith and to support and encourage Catholic students in their vocation by promoting their personal, intellectual and spiritual development, social interaction, and apostolic witness within the broader context of their university experience. Cardinal Newman was beatified in 2010, and we still are awaiting another miracle for him to become a saint.
Cainnech of Aghaboe (515/16–600)
Saint Kenny is one of the 12 apostles of Ireland, as he preached Catholicism across Ireland and to the Picts in Scotland. Most of what we know about Cainnech is based on legends. Once he had finished preaching across Ireland and Scotland he retired and wrote a commentary on the Gospels which was wildly read in the middle ages.