8 Saints in May to put on your calendar

In addition to the Ascension, May boasts a number of feasts days honoring influential saints.

The celebration of Jesus’ Ascension often falls during May, but the month also features a large number of influential saints in the Church, such as Our Lady of Fatima, Sts. Philip and JamesSt. Damien, St. Matthias and St. Philip Neri.

Here is a list of 8 of the most influential saints to imitate and celebrate in May.

1 STS. PHILIP AND JAMES – MAY 3

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Sts. Philip and James the Lesser were among the 12 Apostles and both established churches and spread the Gospel.

2 ST. DAMIEN DE VEUSTER – MAY 10

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Missionary in Hawaii to a leper colony, St. Damien was a humble priest who died serving his flock.

3 ST. JOHN OF AVILA – MAY 10

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St. John of Avila, a Doctor of the Church, was the spiritual advisor of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.

4 OUR LADY OF FATIMA – MAY 13

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May 13 marks the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima, the anniversary of the first apparition of Mary to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco.

5 ST. MATTHIAS – MAY 14

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St. Matthias was the “replacement apostle,” who was chosen as one of the twelve after Judas’ betrayal and death.

6 ST. BRENDAN – MAY 16

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St. Brendan is best known as an Irish missionary who made many legendary voyages, including one to America.

7 ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA – MAY 20

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St. Bernardine was a holy Franciscan who loved to spread devotion to Jesus’ Holy Name.

8 ST. PHILIP NERI – MAY 26

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St. Philip Neri is known as the “second apostle of Rome,” and was known as a joyful priest.

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