Our Patron Saints
Patron Saints are saints chosen as special intercessors with God, meaning they pray for us in a special way from heaven. Our Patron saints range in age and significance, but all revolve around God revealing himself to young people, and the message of simplicity in living out their call to be Disciples of Christ.
Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of Fatima is a title given to the Virgin Mary based on the apparitions reported by three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. The messages conveyed during these apparitions emphasized prayer, penance, and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as a means to bring peace to the world. The connection to youth lies in the fact that the apparitions were initially revealed to three young children—Venerable Lucia Santos and her cousins Saint Francisco Marto and Saint Jacinta Marto—highlighting the significance of spiritual guidance and messages for the younger generation.
Pope Saint John Paul II
Pope St. John Paul II had an extraordinary connection with the youth, recognizing their vitality and potential for positive change. He initiated the World Youth Day events, creating a platform for millions of young people to gather, celebrate their faith, and engage in discussions about contemporary issues. The Pope's magnetic personality and ability to relate to young individuals made him a beloved figure among the youth, inspiring them to embrace their faith with enthusiasm. His efforts to empower young people were evident in his numerous writings and speeches, encouraging them to become active participants in shaping a better future for the world.
Remember that you are never alone, Christ is with you on your journey every day of your lives! He has called you and chosen you to live in the freedom of the children of God. Turn to him in prayer and in love. Ask him to grant you the courage and strength to live in this freedom always. Walk with him who is “the Way, the Truth and the Life"!
- Pope St. John Paul II
Blessed Carlo Acutis
Blessed Carlo Acutis, known as the "cyber apostle of the Eucharist," had a profound connection with youth due to his early embrace of technology for spreading the message of faith. A devout Catholic, Carlo utilized his computer skills to create an online exhibition cataloging Eucharistic miracles, aiming to educate and inspire his peers. Despite his brief life, Carlo's profound devotion to the Eucharist and his relatable approach to spirituality resonated with many young people, making him a role model for the youth. Carlo's beatification in 2020 further solidified his impact, providing a contemporary example of holiness for the younger generation.
I love to talk with Jesus about everything I am experiencing and feeling.
- Blessed Carlo Acutis
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as "The Little Flower," has a timeless connection to youth through her "Little Way," which emphasizes simplicity and humility in everyday life. Her autobiography, "The Story of a Soul," has become a spiritual guide for many young people seeking a deeper understanding of their faith. Thérèse's childlike trust in God and her emphasis on small acts of love resonate with the struggles and aspirations of the youth. Her popularity among the young stems from the relatability of her journey and the universality of her teachings on the path to holiness.
Jesus, it seems to me you could not have overwhelmed a soul with more love than you have poured out on mine.
- St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Saint Faustina Kowalska
Saint Faustina Kowalska, known for her devotion to Divine Mercy, has a strong connection to youth through her message of trust and mercy. The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, in which she recorded her mystical experiences, has inspired young people to embrace the concept of Divine Mercy in their lives. The devotion to the Divine Mercy, with its emphasis on forgiveness and compassion, speaks directly to the hearts of the youth navigating the challenges of the modern world. Saint Faustina's simple yet profound spirituality and her commitment to spreading the message of Divine Mercy have made her a beacon of hope and inspiration for young Catholics around the globe.
Today the Lord said to me, ‘Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself entirely in My mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I Myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity. The torrents of grace inundate humble souls. The proud remain always in poverty and misery, because My grace turns away from them to humble souls.’
- Saint Faustina Kowalska, St. Faustina's Diary
Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Saint John Paul II, Blessed Carlo Acutis, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Saint Faustina Kowalska, Pray for us!