The feast of St. Joseph the Worker was established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 in order to Christianise the concept of labor and give to all workers a model and a protector. By the daily labor in his workshop, offered to God with patience and joy, St. Joseph provided for Mary and Jesus, and so became an example to all labourers on the dignity and value of work as part of the human condition. His feast day is celebrated on the 1st of May.
St Marcellin Champagnat
Patron Saint of Students, Learning and Teaching
Marcellin Champagnat was born on May 20, 1789, the year of the French Revolution, and died on June 6, 1840. He was a priest of the Society of Mary and the founder of the Little Brothers of Mary (Marist Brothers), a congregation of devoted to the education of the young. At his canonization in 1999 by Pope JohnPaul II, the Holy Father said of him,“St Marcellin proclaimed the Gospel with a burning heart. He was sensitive to the spiritual and educational needs of his time, especially to religious indifference and the situations of neglect experienced in a particular way by the young.” His feast day is celebrated on the 6th of June.
St Edith Stein
Patron Saint of Research
A brilliant philosopher and academic who stopped believing in God when she was 14, Edith Stein was so captivated by reading the autobiography of St Teresa of Avila that she began a spiritual journey that led to her Baptism in 1922. Twelve years later she imitated Teresa by becoming a Carmelite, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. After living in the Cologne Carmel convent (1934-38), she moved to the Carmelite monastery in Echt, Netherlands. The Nazis occupied that country in 1940. In retaliation for being denounced by the Dutch bishops, the Nazis arrested all Dutch Jews who had become Christians. Teresa Benedicta and her sister Rosa, also a Catholic, died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz on August 9, 1942. Her feast day is celebrated on the 9th of August.