Our Patron Saints

The saints who are our patrons, role models and companions

With our Ministries: FAICL Chaplaincy, Notre Dame Archdiocese and Footsteps of Jesus Seminary and Bible Academy

St Francis Assisi, patron saint of the Chaplaincy

Francesco di Pietro di Bernardone

The Wisdom of God’s Beloved Servant

St. Francis of Assisi gave up a life of materialism and wealth and found his purpose in Christ.

St. Francis (1182-1226), October the 4th, the day the Church honours a great friar from Assisi, Italy. He is the patron saint of the environment and animals because he loved all creatures.

He was born Giovanni (John) di Bernardone, but in his infancy, his father, Pietro (Peter), began calling him Francesco (“the Frenchman”).

Although many people take new names upon entering religious life, this is not how St. Francis originally got his name. In 1182, Pietro Bernardone returned from a trip to France to find out his wife had given birth to a son. Far from being excited or apologetic because he'd been gone, Pietro was furious because she'd had his new son baptized Giovanni after John the Baptist.

St. Francis of Assisi is possibly one of the most universally beloved saints by Catholics, many Christians and non-Christians. Well-known for his dedication to serving God by embracing poverty, living simply, and respectfully treating all of God’s creation (from humans to animals to nature), St. Francis’ message appeals to the yearnings of the human heart for true freedom and unfailing love.

Saint Benedict of Nursia, patron saint of the BOLHG Fellowship

St. Benedict Nursia, also spelled Norcia, born c. 480 CE, Nursia Italy, died c. 547, Monte Cassino; feast day July 11, with twin to his sister, Scholastica.

St. Benedict was born into a noble family in Italy. He studied in Rome but left his studies to pursue a monastic life. He developed a Rule for Monastic life, including liturgical prayer, study, manual labour and community life under an abbot. The Rule of St. Benedict still inspires religious communities to this day.

He was disgusted after witnessing the immoral lifestyle while in school in Rome; St. Benedict chose to live a quiet life in prayer and devotion to God.

The only authentic life of Benedict of Nursia is that contained in the second book of St. Gregory's "Dialogues." It is instead a character sketch rather than a biography. It consists, for the most part, of several miraculous incidents, which, although they illustrate the saint's life, give little help towards a chronological account of his career. St. Gregory's authorities for all he relates were the saint's disciples, viz. Constantinus succeeded him as Abbot of Monte Cassino; Honoratus was Abbot of Subiaco when St. Gregory wrote his "Dialogues."

He was named patron protector of Europe by Pope Paul VI in 1964. In 1980, Pope John Paul II declared him co-patron of Europe with Cyril and Methodius. Furthermore, he is the patron saint of speleologists. On the island of Tenerife (Spain), he is the patron saint of fields and farmers. He is the patron saint of students.

Benedict is the Patron Saint of Protection.

St. Benedict also offers protection against being poisoned, infectious diseases, childbirth complications, and destruction during storms and cyclones. He also obtains for sinners the grace of conversion. Patronage  Against Poison, Against Witchcraft, Agriculture, Cavers, Civil Engineers, Coppersmiths, Dying People, Farmers, Fevers, Inflammatory Diseases, Kidney Disease, Monks, Religious Orders, Schoolchildren, Temptations

Benedict saw work as prayer.

Physical labour can be dedicated to God and be a means by which men and women may achieve their salvation by work, a concept in Western civilization.

St Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of the Seminary

Order of Dominican priests 

Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the church, patron of all universities and of students

His feast day is January 28th. 

St. Thomas Aquinas was a medieval Catholic priest, theologian, and philosopher.

Patron Saint of students, Catholic schools, apologists, booksellers, chastity, philosophers, publishers, scholars, theologians

Invoked against storms

Canonized by Pope John XXII on July 18, 1323

Proclaimed Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius V in 1567

Church’s Greatest Theologians

Thomas abandoned his family’s plans for him and joined the Dominicans, He is one of the great teachers of the medieval Catholic Church, honoured with the titles Doctor of the Church and Angelic Doctor.

St. Thomas Aquinas was born in 1225 - 1274, at Rocca Sicca, the castle of his father Landulf, count of Aquino, in the territories of Naples in Italy. His family was a noble one..

St. Thomas Aquinas is among the great giants of intellectuals and prayerful disciples in the Catholic tradition.

During his education, Thomas entered a religious order against his family’s wishes, with his family going so far as to imprison him to dissuade him. With the intervention of Pope Innocent IV, Thomas was set free, and he entered the order of St. Dominic.

Saint Thomas Aquinas was a great thinker who developed the intellectual heart of the Roman Catholic Church and whose contributions to theology and philosophy often rank him alongside Western intellectuals such as Aristotle, Cicero, and Plato.