Raymond's gift was as an organiser and codifier. He is the patron saint of canon lawyers. He was also influential in the evangelisation of Muslims and Jews.
In the magi, representatives of the neighbouring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation.
St John Neumann. Young John, called after his Bohemian compatriot St John of Nepomuk, served as a deacon to New York, where he was ordained a priest. Four years later, he joined the Redemptorists. He subsequently became the fourth bishop of Philadelphia. In 1977 he became the first [...]
Elizabeth Ann Bayley-Seton was the first native-born American to be canonised a saint. After her conversion to Catholicism she became a religious sister and did great work as an educator and social worker.