Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint Frances of Rome
St. Frances has a feast day of March 9th. She was born in Rome to wealthy, noble parents. She was very quiet and pious, like her mother, but she got her strong will from her father. At the age of 11, she decided God wanted her to be a nun, but her father told her she was too young to decide such a thing. He wanted her to marry, but Frances stubbornly prayed to God to prevent the marriage. She eventually gave into the marriage and her husband was a good man who cared for her. By the age of 13 she was thrust into a social life and she felt tortured because all she wanted was to live close to God. She felt as if she were not living the life God wanted her to live and she was downright miserable. Even after her husband passed away, her troubles were not gone because her mother-in-law expected her to keep up with the social life her husband insisted upon. Even though it was not fashionable for noble people to help the poor, St. Frances helped as much as she could. She was made the patron saint of widows and wives due to her plight within her married life.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini has the feast day of November 13th. She was born in Italy in 1850 as one of thirteen children. By the age of 18 she decided she wanted to be a nun, but since she was poor in health, she was denied. Instead of joining a convent, she worked with her parents on a farm alongside her siblings. She also taught at a girls' school and was eventually noticed and sent to the US with a group of nuns to work with Italian Immigrants. Frances has a deep trust in God as well as admirable administrative abilities. She began to found school, orphanages, and hospitals in America and made sure that all of the Italian immigrants within her reach flourished.
St. Florian has the feast day of May 4th. He was an officer in the Roman army who had a very high post within the administration. He died due to his faith, but the legendary acts that he performed during his life made him famous among the saints. Florian was rounded up with other Christians after he boldly confessed his faith. He was set on fire and thrown into a river with a stone hanging from his neck. Because of the way he died, he was made the patron saint of floods and fire fighters.