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July 1

St. Junipero Serra


This Spanish Franciscan gave up a professor’s life to serve as a missionary to peoples in California; patron of vocations.

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July 12

Sts. Louis (1823-94)and Zelie Martin


Married in 1858, these saints were entrepreneurs and the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. They were the first married couple ever canonized.

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July 22

 St. Mary Magdalene

 (first century)

Known as the apostle to the apostles because she announced to them that the Lord has risen from the dead; patroness of women.

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July 26

Sts. Joachim and Anne

(first century B.C.)

The parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandparents of the Lord. Regarded as saints for their role in salvation history; patrons of grandparents.

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July 28

St. Alphonsa


A nun of the Syro-Malabar rite and the first native of India to be canonized; patroness of diseases related to the feet.