Saints C - E

Saints: C

St. Casimir Holy Card

c. 1800s, Poland

St. Casimir

Born the Prince of Poland in the 15th Century, Casimir did not live the life of a prince. Instead, he spent his time praying, studying, and helping the poor. WHen he disobeyed his father and refused to lay seige on Hungary, he was banished from the castle. He continued to live a pious life until his death at the age of 23 in 1484. He is the patron saint of Poland and Lithuania.

Feast Day: March 4
St. Catherine of Genoa Holy Card

1887, Italy

St. Catherine of Genoa

Born to nobility in Genoa, Italy, Catherine was married at the young age of 16. Stuck in her marriage, Catherine saught comfort in doing works of charity, She also had numerous mystical encounters with God. She worked at the Hospital of Genoa until her death in 1510.

Feast Day: March 24
St. Cecilia Holy Card

c. late 1800s, Italy

St. Cecilia

Born in Rome in the 2nd Century, Cecilia took a vow of virginity. On her wedding night she convinced her husband of her vow to God and as a result he was baptized. Cecilia baptized over 400 people throughout her lifetime. She and her husband were both sentenced to death for being Christians. However, it took her three days to die after the Romans tried to behead her. Cecilia is the patron saint of music because of the music she heard in her heart.

Feast Day: November 22
St. Celestine I Holy Card

c. 1800s, Austria

St. Celestine I

Born in Campania, Celestine I was elected Pope in 422. He is accredited with founding the papal diplomatic service. He died in 432.

Feast Day: April 6
St. Charlemagne Holy Card

c. 1900s, France

St. Charlemagne

St. Charlemagne was crowned the first Roman Emperor in 800 by Pope St. Leo III on Christmas Day. Charlemagne became the symbol of the ideal emperor.

Feast Day: January 28
St. Charles Lwanga Holy Card

c. 1900

St. Charles Lwanga

Charles Lwanga was one of twenty-two martyrs from Uganda. He was killed for trying to protect the young men working for King Mwanga from his sexual abuse. Additionally, Charles would teach them the teachings of the Catholic Church. He was burned to death in 1886. Charles is the patron saint of youth and Catholic action.

Feast Day: June 3
Blessed Chiara Bosatta Holy Card

1908, Italy 

Blessed Chiara Bosatta

Born in Italy in 1858, Chiara dedicated her life to serving those in need. She and her sister supported the work of St. Luigi Guanella. She joined his congregation in 1886. Chiara worked with the poor and disabled up until her death in 1887.

Feast Day: April 20
Sts. Chrysanthus and Daria Holy Card

c. 1900s, Austria

Sts. Chrysanthus and Daria

The story of Saints Chrysanthus and Daria is based on legends from the 3rd Century. They were a married couple who converted to Christianity. They then converted many followers. Eventually, Chrysanthus and Daria were sentenced to death for their religion. After many attempts on their lives they were finally killed, but by then had created a massive following of Christians.

Feast Day: October 25
St. Clement Hofbauer Holy Card

1905, Germany

St. Clement Hofbauer

Born in 1751 in Moravia (present day Czech Republic), Clement was a hermit before he entered the priesthood in 1785. He joined the order of Redemptorists and worked as a missionary in Poland for over twenty years. Clement was imprisoned by Napoleon in 1808 and exiled in Vienna. During his time in Vienna he opened a Catholic College. He was canonized in 1909.

Feast Day: March 15
St. Colette Holy Card

c. 1890s, Germany

St. Colette

Born in 1380, Colette was an orphan who became a third order Franciscan. She lived a solitary life before joining the Poor Saint Clares, whom she hoped to reform. Over time she founded numerous convents under her new reformed order and she was appointed superior over them. Clare had many visions throughout her life. She was canonized in 1807.

Feast Day: March 6
St. Columba of Iona Holy Card

c. 1890s, France

St. Columba of Iona

Born to royalty in Ireland in the 6th Century, Columba was ordained a priest and spent time preaching in Derry, Durrow, and Kells. Columba took the blame for a tragedy among his family and fled to the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. He built a monastery on the island and convereted its inhabitants to Christianity. Columba also traveled throughout Scotland and northern England converting the people there as well. He is the patron saint of Derry, floods, bookbinders, poets, Ireland, and Scotland.

Feast Day: June 9
St. Constantine Holy Card

1913, Italy

St. Constantine

Born to St. Helena, Constantine was a Roman emperor in the 4th Century. He went into battle with the "chi-ro," a symbol of Christ, on his banners and defeated the enemy. In 313, Constantine issued the Edict of Milan which declared Christianity a free religion. He also oversaw the Council of Nicea in 325. He founded the city of Constantinople and declared it his new Christian capital.Constantine however did not formally convert to Christianity until his deathbed in 337.

Feast Day: May 21
St. Crispin of Viterbo Holy Card

1903, Switzerland

St. Crispin of Viterbo

Born in Italy in 1668, Peter Fioretti studied at Jesuit College before entering the Franciscan Capuchins at age 25. He took the name Crispin when he joined the Capuchins. Crispin was associated with many miraculous cures, prophesies and spirital wisdom. He died in 1750 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1982.

Feast Day: May 23
St. Cunera Holy Card

1915, The Netherlands

St. Cunera

St. Cunera was a virgin martyr. Not much else is known about her life. 

Feast Day: June 12
Sts. Cyril and Methodius Holy Card

1894, Czechoslovakia 

Sts. Cyril and Methodius

Cyril and Methodius were brothers from a prominent Christian family in Thessalonica (located in present day Greece). Methodius was a civil official and Cyril was a scholar. They were sent as missionaries to the Ukraine where they preached in the vernacular language. Their use of the native Slavic language as opposed to the traditional Greek or Latin resulted in opposition from many church officials. However, Cyril and Methodius continued their missionary work and were a vital component of Christianity in Eastern Europe.

Feast Day: February 14

Saints: D

Pope St. Dionysius Holy Card

c. 1800s, Germany

Pope St. Dionysius

Dionysius was a Greek priest who lived and worked in Rome. He was elected Pope and served from 259 till 268. Dionysius is best known for his work rebuilding the Church after the persecution of Christians by Emperor Valerian.

Feast Day: December 26
St. Dositheus of Gaza Holy Card

c. 1870s, Germany

St. Dositheus of Gaza

Born a pagan, Dositheus traveled to Jerusalem where he viewed a depiction of heaven and hell that influenced him to convert to Christianity. He entered a monastery in Gaza and was guided by St. Dorotheus, an elderly monk there. He devoted his life to caring for the sick.

Feast Day: January 23

Saints: E

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Holy Card

c. 1950s, Germany

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Elizabeth was the daughter of King Alexander II of Hungary in the 13th century. She married at a young age and lived a simple, religious life devoted to charity work. Elizabeth was widowed at a young age and became a tertiary of St. Francis. She opened a Franciscan Hospital in Marburg where she worked till her death in 1231 at the young age of 24. She is the patron saint of bakers, nursing services, widows, and young brides.

Feast Day: November 17
St. Emidius Holy Card


St. Emidius

Emidius is a 6th century bishop and martyr. He was a pagan who converted to Christianity. Emidius is the patron saint for protection against earthquakes.

Feast Day: August 5
St. Eugenius Holy Card

1894, Germany

St. Eugenius

Eugenius was Bishop of Carthage in the 5th Century. His appointment was met with opposition from the African King of the Vandals. After Eugenius refused to step down, the king began to persecute the Christians. Eugenius was exiled to Tripoli. He returned to Carthage after the king's death to only be exiled again years later. Eugenius died in exile.

Feast Day: July 13
St. Euphemia Holy Card

1891, Italy

St. Euphemia

Euphemia was a virgin martyr. It is believed that she was tortured and then killed by a lion after refusing to partake in a pagan ceremony.

Feast Day: September 16