Young Saints Resource

“Our aim has to be the infinite and not the finite. The infinite is our homeland. We have always been expected in heaven.”

– Blessed Carlo Acutis

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Feast Day: July 4

“Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, who died in 1925, ‘was a young man filled with a joy that swept everything along with it, a joy that also overcame many difficulties in his life’. Pier Giorgio said that he wanted to return the love of Jesus that he received in Holy Communion by visiting and helping the poor.”

– Pope Francis, Christus Vivit, 60.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Feast Day: July 14

“Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, a young native of North America, was persecuted for her faith and, to escape, walked over three hundred kilometres in the wilderness. Kateri consecrated herself to God and died saying: “Jesus, I love you!”

– Pope Francis, Christus Vivit, 55.

St. Therese of Lisieux

Feast Day: October 1

“Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus was born in 1873. At fifteen years of age, having overcome many difficulties, she succeeded in entering the Carmelite convent. Thérèse lived the little way of complete trust in the Lord’s love and determined to fan with her prayers the fire of love burning in the heart of the Church.”

– Pope Francis, Christus Vivit, 57.

Blessed Isidore Bakanja

Feast Day: August 15

“Blessed Isidore Bakanja was a layman from the Congo who bore witness to his faith. He was tortured at length for having proposed Christianity to other young people. Forgiving his executioner, Isidore died in 1909.”

– Pope Franics, Christus Vivit, 59.

St. Josephine Bakhita

Feast Day: February 8

St. Josephine Bakhita lived to be 77 years old. For most of her years as a youth, she was captive as a slave in Sudan and Italy. When she was about 21 years old, she was finally set free in Italy. Her story is a powerful one of forgiveness. She came to learn of God through the Canossian Sisters and became a religious sister in their order.

Source: RCL Benzinger: A Kendall Hunt Company, Saints Resource