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Servant of God Eusebio Kino, March 15

Italian Jesuit missionary Father Eusebio Kino first introduced Christianity to Arizona when he established San Xavier del Bac Mission in Upper Pimeria, just south of present-day Tucson in 1700.

Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Feb. 14

These Greek brothers were distinguished even before they became “the apostles of the Slavs.” Cyril taught in Constantinople and Methodius was a provincial governor.

Feast of St. Valentine, Feb. 14

What little is known of the feast’s namesake can be attributed to the lives of two martyrs: Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni, though most scholars consider them to be the same person.

Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, Feb. 8

Josephine Bakhita was born in 1868 in the Darfur region of what is now Sudan.

Feast of St. Blaise Feb. 3

This bishop and martyr lived in the fourth century in Turkey and Armenia. For a time Blaise lived in a cave to escape persecution.

Candlemas, or Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Feb. 2

Many folk legends are attached to this Irish abbess. However, one fact from her earliest biography in the seventh century remains unchallenged: She was superior of a double monastery — for nuns and monks — at Kildare in the years after St. Patrick’s death.

Feast of St. John Bosco, Jan. 31

Born to a poor family in Italy, this patron saint of editors and laborers is considered one of the great social saints.

Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, Jan. 28

Thomas so shocked his noble Italian family when he entered the Dominicans about 1244 that his brothers imprisoned him for a year.

Feast of St. Timothy, Jan. 26

The son of a Greek Gentile father and Jewish mother, Timothy was converted to Christianity by St. Paul, who called him “my true child in faith.”

Feast of St. Agnes, Jan. 21

Agnes may have been only 12 or 13 when she died a martyr’s death in Rome. According to tradition, she refused to consider marrying and consecrated her maidenhood to God.