"To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living." - St. John Henry Newman
Feast Day: September 24
Canonized on October 13, 2019, St. John Henry Newman spent the first half of his life as an Anglican before converting to the Roman Catholic faith. He was a priest, popular preacher, writer, and theologian in both Churches. Born in London, England, he studied and ministered at Oxford. After 1833, Newman became a prominent member of the Oxford Movement, which emphasized the Church's debt to the the Church Fathers and challenged any tendency to consider truth as completely subjective. His historical research led Newman to become a Roman Catholic in 1845 and a priest two years later. When Newman was named a cardinal in 1879, he took as his motto "Cor ad cor loquitur," heart speaks to the heart. He died 11 years later. Three years after his death, a Newman Club for Catholic students began at the University of Pittsburgh. In time, his name was linked to Catholic ministry centers at public universities in the United States, including the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Feast Day: July 4
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is a saint for the modern world. He was born in 1901 in Turin, Italy, and died of polio at the young age of 24. He lived his few years with passion and holiness. Pope St. John Paul II called him a "man of the beatitudes." He had a deep piety and intense interest in Catholicism, even though his parents were not religious. For Frassati, Christ was the answer to everything. All of his actions oriented toward Christ and began in contemplation of Jesus. Frassati loved the poor through his constant and mostly hidden service to the poorest of Turin and through spirited political activism. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hiking. He never passed up a chance to play a practical joke and loved to laugh. Frassati also lived his faith through discipline with his school work, which was a tremendous cross for him as he was a poor student. He died on July 4, 1925, and his body was found incorrupt in 1981.