Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint Mark
St. Mark has the feast day of April 25th. Mark wrote the second gospel of the New Testament and is sometimes known as John Mark. He and his mother Mary were held in high esteem within the early church. His mother's home even served as a meeting place for Christians. Mark is normally associated with Paul and Barnabas, the latter of which was Mark's cousin. The three of them took a missionary journey to Cyprus together and tradition even claims that Mark founded the Church in Alexandria. Mark wrote the second gospel in Rome around 60 AD. His reason for writing it was to convert Gentiles to Christianity. Tradition states that the Romans requested that he write down the teachings of St. Peter. Because he recorded important events, he became the patron saint of notaries.
St. Madron was a monk who became a hermit. He was born in Cornwall and during his life, he was known to cure the pains of others. His feast day is Mary 17th and he passed away in 545. Even after St. Madron left earth, it is said that his gift to cure pains carries on, which is why he is the patron saint of cures from pain.
St. Margaret was also often called Margaret the Virgin or Margaret of Antioch. Her historical existence is often questioned, but she had a reputation for being very powerful to anyone who wrote about her life. One of the legends reads that she was native to Antioch and the daughter of a pagan priest. Her father hated her for her faith and when she refused to renounce Christianity and get married, she was tortured. Margaret is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and she is also one of the saints who later spoke to Joan of Arc.
St. Margaret Clitherow
St. Margaret Clitherow has the feast day of March 26th. She was born to protestant parents in 1555 within the country of England. She was a beautiful girl with plenty of merriment, a charming personality, and lots of wit. She got married in 1571 to a butcher and they had two children. The family entered the Catholic Church a few years later and Margaret began to have zeal for the faith. She often harbored priests who were fugitives due to their faith and that caused her to be arrested be the authorities as well. She never denied her faith, despite the threats, even when she was stretched across the ground and crushed with rocks.
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque has the feast day of October 17th. She was born in France and was sent to the Poor Clares School after her father died. She had rheumatic fever for five years, but once she finally recovered, she devoted herself to the Blessed Sacrament and refused to marry. She entered a convent and was professed a year later. Once she turned 20, she started receiving visions from Christ and those revelations showed her that she was supposed to spread devotion of God to others. Because of her ill health as a young girl, she became the patron saint for polio sufferers.
St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
St. Maria Faustina Kowalska has the feast day of October 5th. She was born in a small village in Poland in 1905 as the third of ten children. When she was nearly 20, she joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and devoted herself to caring for and educating troubled women. In 1940, she received a message from the Lord that she was to spread mercy throughout the world. She became a teacher of God's mercy and modeled how others were supposed to be merciful to one another. Throughout her life, she also attempted to imitate Christ and sacrifice as much as she could. Because of her merciful tendencies, she was made the patron saint of mercy.