A Brief History
As you may have read earlier on our site today, on February 14, 269, Saint Valentine reportedly experienced martyrdom. He is but one of numerous saints whose lives and/or deaths can be considered unusual or “cracked”. Traditionally, Christians commemorate the saints with what is generally known as a Calendar of Saints, marking the various feast days of saints. We shall do similarly by providing our own Calendar of Saints featured on History and Headlines. Whether you are a Christian or not, the stories of these individuals are nevertheless quite fascinating! And yes, we are posting two Saint Valentine inspired articles today, because after all, for the day about lovers, we should have a “couple” (wink) of articles inspired by the patron saint of love and happy marriages! This article will be updated whenever we add a new article on our site concerning a saint.
The dates below indicate the feast days of the various saints for which we have an article on our site:
January 4: The Feast of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (August 28, 1774 – January 4, 1821)
February 10: The Feast of Saint Scholastica (c. 480 – 10 February 543)
March 10: The Feast of Pope Saint Simplicius (died 2 or 10 March 483)
April 11: The Feast of Saint Stanislaus the Martyr (26 July 1030 – 11 April 1079)
May 19: The Feast of Pope Saint Celestine V (1215 – 19 May 1296)
May 30: The Feast of Saint Joan of Arc the Maid of Orléans (ca. 1412 – 30 May 1431)
July 17: The Feast of Saint Jadwiga (1373/4 – 17 July 1399)
August 13: The Feast of Saint Pontian (died October 235)
September 23: The Feast of Saint Padre Pio (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968)
September 25: The Feast of Saint Fermin (c. 272 – c. 303)
September 28: The Feast of Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (c. 907–935 or 929)
October 19: The Feast of Saint Frithuswith (c. 650 – 19 October 727)
November 3: The Feast of Saint Hubertus (c. 656 – 30 May 727)
November 14: The Feast of Saint Theodora (c. 500 – 28 June 548)
November 15: The Feast of Saint Albert the Great (1193/1206 – November 15, 1280)
December 20: The Feast of Saint Zephyrinus (died December 20, 217)
December 29: The Feast of Saint David the Prophet (c. 1040–970 B.C.)
Question for students (and subscribers): Do you have a favorite saint? Please let us know in the comments section below this article.
Your readership is much appreciated!
For more information on Calendars of Saints, please see…
Veal, David L. Calendar of Saints. Forward Movement, 2004.
See also our lists of “Top 10 Most Violent Ways That Future Saints Were Martyred,” “Top 10 Odd Patron Saints,” and “Top 10 Royal Saints” for more of history’s fascinating saints!