St Alban was the first martyr of England. His feast day is the 22nd June. He was born in 304AD but the date is unknown. He lived in a town called Verulamium. During a persecution of Christians, Alban hid a priest in his house. The priest made such a great impression on him that Alban received instructions and became a Christian himself. He was a Roman soldier who was converted to the Christian faith. Alban had a great deal of money, and with it he used to help the poor people who lived around him. Everyone loved and trusted him. If anyone was in trouble they would go to St Alban for help. He was the patron saint of converts and refugees. He died in 305AD and was beheaded.
St John Southworth
St John Southworth was born in 1592 in Lancashire and was an English Catholic martyr. He is one of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales. He studied at the English College in Douai, now in northern France, and was ordained priest before he returned to England in 1619. His Feast Day is the 27th June. In 1627, he was arrested – the first arrest of many. He pleaded guilty to exercising priesthood and was sentenced to be executed. He died on the 28th June 1654 in Tyburn, London. His body was buried in an unmarked grave for protection. The grave was discovered in 1927 in France and his remains were returned to England.
St Faustina was born on the 25th August 1905 and was Polish nun. Throughout her life, she had visions of Jesus and had conversations with him. She wrote about this in her diary and it was later published as a book, “The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul”. When she was 20 she joined a convent in Warsaw. In 1936, she became ill and wrote in her diary that she had a vision that the feast of the Divine Mercy would be celebrated in her local chapel. As her health deteriorated, her visions intensified. St Faustina died at the age of 33 on the 5th October 1938 and now rests at the Basilica of Divine Mercy in Kraków, Poland.
Mother Teresa (1910–1997) was a Roman Catholic nun who devoted her life to serving the poor and destitute around the world. She spent many years in Calcutta, India where she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation devoted to helping those in great need.
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