The Saints are in the House!

Why We Chose these House Saints

The House System groups all the members of the school under six spectacular saints. We chose these saints because each of them, living in very different circumstances, shows how the Holy Spirit makes saints of everyone who receives the grace of Baptism and lives it fruitfully. Looking at their lives, we can learn from them creative ways to love God and our neighbor. Inspired by them, we hope to become saints ourselves.

The Six Patron Saints of the Houses

Six different nationalities, speaking more than six languages.

Five were not yet saints when John Paul II became Pope.

Four were virgins.

Three were martyrs.

Two were married.

One was already a saint when John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyla.

  St. Dominic de Guzman    Feast Day:  August 8   Nation:  Spanish, lived in France and Italy   Dates:  1170 – 1221   Age at Death:  51   Vocation:  Priest   Work:  Preacher of Rosary, Founder of Order of Preachers   “First”:  Dominican   Course Patron:  History   Quote:  “Fortiter, fratres! More boldly, my brothers!”   Lesson for Life:  Living always in God’s presence makes a person very joyful.

St. Dominic de Guzman

Feast Day: August 8

Nation: Spanish, lived in France and Italy

Dates: 1170 – 1221

Age at Death: 51

Vocation: Priest

Work: Preacher of Rosary, Founder of Order of Preachers

“First”: Dominican

Course Patron: History

Quote: “Fortiter, fratres! More boldly, my brothers!”

Lesson for Life: Living always in God’s presence makes a person very joyful.

  St. Lorenzo Ruiz    Feast Day:  Sept 28   Nation:  Filipino, Oceania      Dates:  ca. 1600-1639   Age at death:  39            Vocation:  Husband   Work:  Calligrapher, Mariner, Catechist        “First”:  Filipino martyr             Course Patron:  Calligraphy; Physics   Quote:  “If I had a thousand lives, I would give them all for Jesus Christ.”       Lesson for Life:  He embraced death heroically because he had lived faithfully.

St. Lorenzo Ruiz

Feast Day: Sept 28

Nation: Filipino, Oceania   

Dates: ca. 1600-1639

Age at death: 39      

Vocation: Husband

Work: Calligrapher, Mariner, Catechist     

“First”: Filipino martyr       

Course Patron: Calligraphy; Physics

Quote: “If I had a thousand lives, I would give them all for Jesus Christ.”  

Lesson for Life: He embraced death heroically because he had lived faithfully.

  St. Kateri Tekakwitha      Feast Day:  April 17 (Canada); July 14 (USA)   Nation:  Mohawk, North America      Dates:  1656-1680       Age at Death:  21           Vocation:  Virgin   Work:  Catechist   “First”:  Native American          Course Patron:  Environmental Science; American History       Quote:  “Who will tell me God’s will, so that I may do it?”     Lesson for Life:  Christ never disappoints. Christ satisfies every human longing.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha  

Feast Day: April 17 (Canada); July 14 (USA)

Nation: Mohawk, North America   

Dates: 1656-1680    

Age at Death: 21     

Vocation: Virgin

Work: Catechist

“First”: Native American    

Course Patron: Environmental Science; American History    

Quote: “Who will tell me God’s will, so that I may do it?”  

Lesson for Life: Christ never disappoints. Christ satisfies every human longing.

  St. Jose Sanchez del Rio    Feast Day:  February 10   Nation:  Mexican; Central America   Dates:  1913-1928       Age at Death:  14           Vocation:  Christian teen   Work:  Altar server, Cristero   Course Patron:  Spanish             Quote:  “I will never give in. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!”          Lesson for Life:  Love of God is preferred over any other love: family, country, etc.

St. Jose Sanchez del Rio

Feast Day: February 10

Nation: Mexican; Central America

Dates: 1913-1928    

Age at Death: 14     

Vocation: Christian teen

Work: Altar server, Cristero

Course Patron: Spanish       

Quote: “I will never give in. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!”    

Lesson for Life: Love of God is preferred over any other love: family, country, etc.

  St. Maximilian Kolbe     Feast Day:  August 14   Nation:  Polish; Eastern Europe   Dates:  1894-1941       Age at Death:  47           Vocation:  Priest   Work:  Founder of Militia of the Immaculata; Publisher   “First”:  Martyr of charity   Course Patron:  Ethics and Culture Seminar; Journalism; Digital Media      Quote:  “I am a Catholic priest. Let me take his place.”   Lesson for Life:  True manly strength came from his devotion to Mary Immaculate. Faith showed his enemies the dignity of the prisoners.

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Feast Day: August 14

Nation: Polish; Eastern Europe

Dates: 1894-1941    

Age at Death: 47     

Vocation: Priest

Work: Founder of Militia of the Immaculata; Publisher

“First”: Martyr of charity

Course Patron: Ethics and Culture Seminar; Journalism; Digital Media   

Quote: “I am a Catholic priest. Let me take his place.”

Lesson for Life: True manly strength came from his devotion to Mary Immaculate. Faith showed his enemies the dignity of the prisoners.

  St. Gianna Beretta Molla            Feast Day:  April 28   Nation:  Italian; Western Europe           Dates:  1922-1962       Age at Death:  39           Vocation:  Wife; Mother of 4   Work:  Physician   Course Patron:  Science; Vocations; Bioethics             Quote:  “Whatever God wills.”              Lesson for Life:  Love conquers death.

St. Gianna Beretta Molla       

Feast Day: April 28

Nation: Italian; Western Europe     

Dates: 1922-1962    

Age at Death: 39     

Vocation: Wife; Mother of 4

Work: Physician

Course Patron: Science; Vocations; Bioethics       

Quote: “Whatever God wills.”        

Lesson for Life: Love conquers death.

One student asked, “How do we get put in Houses? I want to be in Joselito’s.” Of course he does. Why would he not? Every 14-year-old Mexican boy’s heart swells with holy pride hearing Jose’s defiant shout of faith and praise, “¡Que viva Cristo Rey!” But we don’t choose the saints; they choose us! As students, teachers and families spend time in their own Houses, they will discover many new connections with that saint.

Jesus said, “I came to ignite a fire; how I long to see it blazing!” The House Saints give us six ways to encounter Christ, the blazing Splendor of Truth.