Patron Saints of Christianity
St. Benedict the Moor was an Italian man who is celebrated by both Catholics and Lutherans as a saint. He was born in Africans who were taken to Sicily as slaves. They later converted to Christianity. Though his parents were granted freedom before St. Benedict was born, he never attended school and could not read. As he moved through his childhood, he worked with his family and earned meager wages, but he was always quick to give those wages away to people he felt were more in need than he. By the age of 21, he began to see public insults against his color, but he was quickly accepted into the Franciscan order because of his patience and dignity. Because he was a man of color and participated in missions in various parts of the world during his service at the order, he was made the patron saint of African Americans and Missions in North America.
St. Bartholomew's feast day is August 24th. All that is known about this man for sure is that is appears as one of the 12 apostles in the gospels. His name actually means "Son of Tolomai," which leads scholars to believe he is the man that is mentioned in John, who said he was a man who was incapable of deceit. Roman history states that Bartholomew preached the gospel in India and was later beheaded in Armenia. He was made the patron saint of leather workers and plasterers due to his own past occupation and interests.
St. Bernadette has a feast day of April 16th. She is also sometimes called Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order. She died at the age of 35 in the order's infirmary. St. Bernadette was born into a humble family that quickly fell into extreme poverty conditions. Bernadette herself was a frail child and she suffered from many different illnesses and problems. She received last rites on three different occasional during her young life, but she prevailed until much later in adulthood. Because St. Bernadette seemed to be able to stave off many different illnesses during her lifetime, she became the patron saint of bodily ills.