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Sisterhood of Saints: Catherine of Siena

March 25, 1347–April 29, 1380 Some of our most beloved saints wouldn’t take no for an answer. Catherine of Siena, a Doctor of the Church and one of the most influential women in Catholic history, is one of those saints.
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Sisterhood of Saints: Bernadette Soubirous

January 7, 1844–April 16, 1879 We all know the story of how Mary appeared to Bernadette, a simple girl of fourteen, at Lourdes. But what sometimes gets lost in the story is Bernadette’s strong faith. Her statements were challenged over and over again by Church officials and local authorities who attempted to catch her in lies and contradictions.
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Sisterhood of Saints: Katharine Drexel

November 26, 1858–March 3, 1955 The wealthy Drexel family of Philadelphia was socially conscious, donating large amounts of money to help the less fortunate. Indeed, three days a week, Katherine’s stepmother would welcome people in need into their home; there was plenty of food, clothing, and financial aid to share, and Katharine and her two sisters would teach the children about Jesus.
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Sisterhood of Saints: Clare of Assisi

July 16, 1194–August 11, 1253 Louise de Marillac and Vincent de Paul. Paula and Jerome. Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. It’s not unusual for women saints to have had non-romantic ministry or spiritual instruction relationships with men also honored by the Church. But many would agree the best known of such partnerships is that of Clare and Francis of Assisi.
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Sisterhood of Saints: Maria Goretti

October 16, 1890–July 6, 1902 She was an obedient child by all accounts, taking care of her siblings and the housework so that her widowed mother could work in the fields, hoping against hope to bring in the crop that would keep her little brood together. 
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Homily Helps: Leadership and Service

Exegesis of the Gospel: Mark 9:30-37 Today’s Gospel contains a response of the disciples to Jesus’ third and final passion prediction (Mk 10:32–34).
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Sisterhood of Saints: Josephine Bakhita

Circa 1869–February 8, 1947 Josephine Bakhita’s life started like many other children amid a loving family in the southern Sudan’s Darfur region.
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Sisterhood of Saints: Frances Xavier Cabrini

July 15, 1850–December 22, 1917 Even as a child, Frances knew she was made to be a missionary; she loved crafting little paper boats and sending them off to sail with “missionary” flowers aboard. 
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Family Faith in Action: The True Meaning of Leadership

Read Mark 10:35-45 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." He replied, "What do you wish me to do for you?" They answered him, "Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left." Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking.  Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" They said to him, "We can." 
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Sisterhood of Saints: Margaret of Scotland

Circa 1045–November 16, 1093 They say it was love at first sight: the beautiful, educated, pious English princess and the rough and tumble warrior, widower, and Scots king twenty years her senior.
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