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Our First Native American Saint




WEB+ St. Marianne Cope

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




Josephine Bakhita: For many years, Josephine Bakhita was a slave but her spirit was always free and eventually that spirit prevailed. 
<p>Born in Olgossa in the Darfur region of southern Sudan, Josephine was kidnapped at the age of seven, sold into slavery and given the name Bakhita, which means <i>fortunate</i>. She was re-sold several times, finally in 1883 to Callisto Legnani, Italian consul in Khartoum, Sudan. </p><p>Two years later he took Josephine to Italy and gave her to his friend Augusto Michieli. Bakhita became babysitter to Mimmina Michieli, whom she accompanied to Venice's Institute of the Catechumens, run by the Canossian Sisters. While Mimmina was being instructed, Josephine felt drawn to the Catholic Church. She was baptized and confirmed in 1890, taking the name Josephine. </p><p>When the Michielis returned from Africa and wanted to take Mimmina and Josephine back with them, the future saint refused to go. During the ensuing court case, the Canossian sisters and the patriarch of Venice intervened on Josephine's behalf. The judge concluded that since slavery was illegal in Italy, she had actually been free since 1885. </p><p>Josephine entered the Institute of St. Magdalene of Canossa in 1893 and made her profession three years later. In 1902, she was transferred to the city of Schio (northeast of Verona), where she assisted her religious community through cooking, sewing, embroidery and welcoming visitors at the door. She soon became well loved by the children attending the sisters' school and the local citizens. She once said, "Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know Him. What a great grace it is to know God!" </p><p>The first steps toward her beatification began in 1959. She was beatified in 1992 and canonized eight years later.</p> American Catholic Blog St. Paul talks about the Christian life as a race, and encourages us to run so as to win. So it’s not just OK, it’s commanded to be competitive, to strive to excel. But true greatness consists in sharing in the sacrificial love of Christ, who comes to serve rather than to be served. That means that this race St. Paul is talking about is a race to the bottom.

Your Imperfect Holy Family

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Josephine Bakhita
Today we honor the first saint from the Sudan, who was a model of piety and humility.

National Marriage Week
During this week especially tell each other how much your marriage means to you.

St. Valentine's Day
Schedule one or more e-cards today to be sent next Sunday.

Carnival
Create a festive atmosphere and invite friends over for one last party before the Lenten fast.

Catholic Schools Week
In the Catholic schools, parents know that their children are being formed as well as informed.


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