New saints and observances in the Roman Missal
Here are the new saints and observances that are included in the new Roman Missal:
Jan. 3 -- Most Holy Name of Jesus -- This is part of the Church’s celebration of Christmas, recognizing that God "bestowed on [Jesus] the name that is above every name" (Phil 2:9).
Feb. 8 -- St. Josephine Bakhita, virgin -- Born in Darfur, Josephine survived kidnapping and slavery to become a nun who embraced and lived hope as a redeemed child of God.
April 23 -- St. Adalbert, bishop and martyr -- Martyred near the end of the first millennium, Adalbert was a missionary in the countries of central Europe, striving to bring unity to God’s people.
April 28 -- St. Louis Mary de Montfort, priest -- This French priest is best known for his devotion to Mary, encouraging the faithful to approach Jesus through his mother.
May 13 -- Our Lady of Fatima -- The Virgin Mary appeared to three children in the Portuguese town of Fatima in 1917. During these apparitions, she encouraged penance and praying the rosary.
May 21 -- Sts. Christopher Magallanes, priest and martyr, & Companions, martyrs -- Martyred in 1927, this Mexican priest was noted for his care of the native peoples of Mexico and for his work to support vocations to the priesthood.
May 22 -- St. Rita of Cascia, religious -- A wife, mother, widow, and nun, Saint Rita was known for her patience and humility in spite on many hardships. Conforming herself to the crucified Christ, she bore a wound on her forehead similar to one inflicted by a crown of thorns.
July 9 -- Sts. Augustine Zhao Rong, priest and martyr, & Companions, martyrs --Canonized with 119 other Chinese martyrs, Augustine began his career as a soldier. Inspired by the martyrs, he was baptized and eventually became a priest and martyr himself.
July 20 -- St. Apollinaris, bishop and martyr -- Martyred in the second century, Apollinarius was the Bishop of Ravenna in Italy. He was known as a great preacher and miracle worker.
July 24 -- St. Sharbel Makhluf, priest -- A Maronite priest in Lebanon, Saint Sharbel spent much of his life as a hermit in the desert, living of life of extreme penance.
Aug. 2 -- St. Peter Julian Eymard, priest -- Founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, Saint Peter devoted his life to promoting First Communions and devotion to the Eucharist as the sacrament of Christ’s love.
Aug. 9 -- St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, virgin and martyr -- Born of Jewish parents as Edith Stein, she received academic renown as a philosopher. After her conversion to Catholicism, she became a Carmelite nun. She died in Auschwitz in 1942.
Sept. 12 -- Most Holy Name of Mary -- After beginning in Spain in 1513, this celebration became a universal feast in the seventeenth century. A companion to the Memorial of The Most Holy Name of Jesus, it follows the Feast of the Nativity of Mary.
Sept. 23 -- St. Pio of Pietrelcina, priest -- Padre Pio was known throughout Italy and the world for his patient hearing of confessions and for his spiritual guidance. In poor health for much of his life, he conformed his sufferings to those of Christ.
Sept. 28 -- Sts. Lawrence Ruiz & Companions, martyrs -- Saint Lawrence and his companions spread the Gospel in the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan. Saint Lawrence was born in Manila and was a husband and father,
Nov. 24 -- Sts. Andrew Dung-Lc, priest and martyr, & Companions, martyrs -- Saint Andrew and his 107 companions, both priests and laity, were martyred in Vietnam in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. Through their preaching, lives of faith, and witness unto death, they strengthened the Church in Vietnam.
Nov. 25 -- St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin and martyr -- Martyred in the early part of the fourth century, Catherine was known for her intelligence, her deep faith, and the power of her intercession.
Sperry holds a master's degree in liturgical studies from the Catholic University of America and is a frequent speaker on Scripture and the liturgy.