Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint Walburga
St. Walburga, Virgin (Feast day - February 25) Walburga was born in Devonshire England, around 710. She was the daughter of a West Saxon chieftain and the sister of St. Willibald and Winebald. Walburga was educated at Wimborne Monastery in Dorset, where she became a nun. In 748, she was sent with St. Lioba to Germany to help St. Boniface in his missionary work. She spent two years at Bishofsheim, after which she became Abbess of the double monastery at Heidenheim founded by her brother Winebald. At the death of Winebald, St. Walburga was appointed Abbess of both monasteries by her brother Willibald, who was then Bishop of Eichstadt. She remained superior of both men and women until her death in 779. She was buried first at Heidenheim, but later her body was interred next to that of her brother, St. Winebald, at Eichstadt a small church called Holy Cross around which a group of canonesses were gathered.
St. Willibrord has the feast day of November 7th. He was an apostle of Frisia, a missionary bishop within the Netherlands. Willibrord was born in England around 658 and he studied in a monastery and then spent 12 more years studying in an abbey in Ireland. After he was ordained, he left for the mission field. He was consecrated as archbishop to the Frisians and his work was greatly supported by the Frankish leader of the time. He often faced huge dangers from pagans who became outraged by his teachings. He became the patron saint of the Netherlands due to his efforts within the country.
St. Wolfgang has the feast day of October 31st. He was a bishop and reformer who was born in Germany. He studied under the Benedictines and then served as a teacher in a cathedral school. Once he entered the Benedictines for good, he was appointed as the head of a monastery school and he was later ordained. After a period of time, he went to Hungary with a group of monks to preach and teach. He was eventually named bishop and in that post, he was well known for his reforming zeal as well as his teaching skills. He promoted education throughout his life and was renowned for his charity work among the poor.
St. Ives was born in Kermartin in 1253 and he passed away in 1303. He studied civil law at the University of Paris and then went on to study canon law. He got minor orders when he returned home that he was appointed the ecclesiastical judge of the region. In the meantime, he continued to study scripture and joined the Franciscan Tertiaries. He never hesitated in resisting anything he thought was unjust, such as taxation of the king. His charity work made him popular among the poor and because of his education in law, he became the patron saint of lawyers after he was canonized in 1347.
St. Zita has the feast day of April 27th. She was born into a Christian family that was very poor. Her sister became a nun and her uncle was a hermit who many thought was also a saint. Zita always tried to obey God's will and when she was 12, she became a housekeeper in a rich home 8 miles from her own. She stayed with that family for the next 48 years, but she managed to find a way to attend Mass everyday and recite prayers while carrying out her household duties. Her employers were sometimes upset that she gave their food to the poor, but after some time, they were won over by her overall goodness and patience and they became friends with her. Zita had many heavenly visions during her life and many important people sought her out. Because of her long occupation as a housekeeper, she was made the patron saint of domestic workers and maids.