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Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope

Help Pick the DCJH Patron Saint!

Help pick a patron saint for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope program. Read about each of the saints (and one blessed) and vote below.

The Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH) is a diocesan program to promote justice and hope for the poor. DCJH puts into practice Catholic teaching on life and dignity of every human person. Drawing inspiration from the Corporal Works of Mercy, DCJH seeks to address systemic injustices that contribute to poverty in our diocese. Funds donated by parishioners the Sunday before Thanksgiving go toward providing financial support for local programs and organizations that give realistic hope for the poor to break out of the cycle of poverty through effective and efficient interventions.

So help choose a patron saint to send intercessory prayers concerning the DCJH program.

St. Teresa of Calcutta

Patron of

World Youth Day

Feast Day

September 5

Saint’s Story

Mother Teresa was especially famous in the last century and she is often thought of as the face of charity in our world. She grew up in Albania, a country in Southern Europe, but at the age of 18 she left her home in 1928 to become a nun in Ireland. The eventual saint lived there for 20 years until she heard the voice of Jesus calling her to care for the poor on Sept. 10, 1946 with the words, “Come be my light, I cannot go alone.” 2 years later she was dressed in robes of white and left Ireland for Calcutta, India to serve those who were impoverished and suffering there. There she lived and worked performing tremendous acts of charity for anyone she came across. She went on to become a world-sensation and an inspiration for many and she even founded the Missionaries of Charity (a religious order) to serve and evangelize to the poorest of the poor and was truly the light of Christ in a world until her death in 1997. After which, her friend and future saint, St. John Paul II opened her cause for canonization only 2 years after her death and then he beatified her in 2002. She was recently Canonized by Pope Francis on September 4th of 2016.

St. Teresa of Calcutta

St. Giles (Abbot)

Patron of

Beggars / outcasts / disabled

Feast Day

September 1

Saint’s Story

Saint Giles was born in Greece during the 7th Century to rich parents. Upon their death, St. Giles inherited their home and their vast wealth. He did not use this money and property for himself though, he instead gave it to the poor and then headed for France. It was there that he lived the life of a poor hermit in a cave. This he did for a few years until he was discovered by people who were shocked by his wisdom and his many miracles. Because of them telling his story and his works, his fame spread throughout all of France, even making it to the King. Becoming one of his greatest admirers, the King of France had a monastery built for Saint Giles and those that followed him and lived like him. Saint Giles died between 710-724

St. Giles (Abbot)

St. Joseph the Worker

Patron of

Social Justice, immigrants, orphans, workers, unborn children

Feast Day

March 19 & May 1

Saint’s Story

St. Joseph, the foster father and guardian of Our Blessed Lord, was the dutiful husband to the Virgin Mary. Initially very unsure of his mission in life as he was to wed Mary who was with child, he decided to trust God and fulfill his very important role. For this reason, St. John Paul II called him a “just man” as he “lives by faith.” Even though the Bible does not tell us much about him, he has always been regarded as one of the holiest men in all Christianity. We can be sure that he was a righteous man because of his fulfillment of what God asked him. Further, we know him to be humble and poor because of his profession as carpenter (not a very prestigious job to have). Still, he accepted God’s will for him and he submitted his life to direct service to both Mary and Jesus. He passed upon the fulfillment of his duties to Mary and Jesus before Jesus’s public ministry began.

St. Joseph the Worker

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

His Story

Bl. Frassati was born in Turin, Italy in 1901, he was the son of a Catholic woman and a non-Catholic rich newspaperman/politician. He is well-regarded for his devotion to the poor, his passion for sports and physical activity, but especially for his love of God. As he grew up he cultivated an intense and rich spiritual life which he never hesitated to share with anyone who would ask him about it. At the age of 17, he joined the St. Vincent de Paul Society and dedicated much of his spare time to serving the sick and the needy. He was known to often trade his first-class seat on a train for that of a poor person who was in a significantly less nice boxcar. He would also give his money for food or transport to the poor. Unfortunately, Pier Giorgio contracted polio (which doctors later speculated he caught from the sick whom he tended), and this led to his death in 1925 at 24 years old. All his charity was unknown to his family. They were shocked to see not just their rich friends attend the funeral but also the poor and needy who he had served. The number of attendees was so vast, they lined the streets. He was beatified by St. John Paul II on May 20, 1990 calling him the “Man of the Eight Beatitudes.”

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

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