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April

St. Vincent Ferrer

April 5

Born in Valencia to an English father and Spanish mother, Vincent joined the Dominican friars in 1367 and became a noted preacher, making converts even among Jews and Muslims.

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St. Stanislaus

April 11

St. Stanislaus, a bishop and martyr, is known as the patron saint of Poland.

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Pope Martin I

April 13

Born in Todi and educated in Rome, this pious Italian priest was sent by Pope Theodore I as nuncio to Constantinople, where he encountered the Monothelite heresy claiming Jesus had only a divine will and was not truly human.

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St. Anselm

April 21

Pope Benedict XVI once described St. Anselm as, “a monk with an intense spiritual life, an excellent teacher of the young, a theologian with an extraordinary capacity for speculation.”

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St. Adalbert

April 23

St. Adalbert became the bishop of Prague when he was still in his 20’s.

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St. Catherine of Siena

April 29

Catherine was the 24th of 25 children of a Sienese dyer; her mystical experiences and raptures began at age 6.

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St. Pius V

April 30

Antonio Ghislieri began life as a poor Italian shepherd but became a leader in the Catholic Reformation.

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