Our Board of Patrons
In addition to our board of directors, Catholic Conscience is blessed to claim the guidance and protection of a remarkable board of patron saints. Beginning with the Most Gentle Shepherd, each of our patrons offers unique forms of wisdom.
The Good Shepherd
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.
“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
“A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.” (John, Chapter 10)
Our goal at Catholic Conscience is to help the sheep – ourselves included – to recognize His voice, whenever and wherever He calls, so that we can avoid the hired men, the thieves, and the wolves, and come together safely through the gate with Him.
Patron of families, workers, and Canada
A quiet man who tended his business faithfully while watching over his family, Joseph was trusted by God to care for God’s own Son.
Head of the Holy Family, you watch over workers, families, and all who need protection. Watch over us and pray for us!
The Blessed Virgin Mary
When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John, Chapter 2)
For reasons which should be obvious, Catholic Conscience is consecrated to Mary, Seat of Wisdom and Mother of the Most Gentle Shepherd, and entrusted to her Immaculate Heart.
Saint Joan of Arc
Patron for Catholic Action
A 13-year-old farm girl living a normal life in rural France, St Joan was was incited by apparitions of the archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria, to leave her family and present herself to the unanointed King of France, Charles VII, and to stir him into action to recover France from English domination during later portions of the Hundred Years’ War. Charles recovered from his shock at receiving such exhortations from an uninvited, uneducated 13-year-old girl, and sent her to Orléans at the head of his army. A swift series of victories under Joan’s guidance led to Charles’s consecration, and ultimately to the restoration of the French nation. Joan herself was captured by the British, condemned by in a biased, partisan Church trial, and burned at the stake while holding a cross.
During her trial she repeatedly confounded her highly-educated accusers by the simple, inspired responses she made to complex theological questions intended to trap her and thereby cast doubt on the truth of her apparitions. “About Jesus Christ and the Church,” she said, “I simply know they’re just one thing, and we shouldn’t complicate the matter.” And “If I am not in the state of grace, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.”
In 1456, an inquisitorial court authorized by Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, debunked the charges against her, pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr.
Saint Joan of Arc, inspire us to action in the name of Christ. Pray for us!
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Patron for Unity
A young Mohawk woman, St Kateri was one of a number of Native Americans influenced by Jesuit missionaries in New York state and Quebec. In turn, at least one of the Jesuits who came to know her acknowledged that close contact and her, and the deeper knowledge she brought to him her people changed some of his set notions about the people and about differences among human cultures.
St Kateri, who bridged widely divergent cultures in your search for truth, and in doing so instilled respect in others, pray for us!
San Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin
Patron for Humility
San Juan Diego was one of the first North Americans to respond to the call of the Franciscans in Mexico. While walking nine miles through the mountains to Mass one day, he encountered “the perfect virgin Holy Mary, mother of the one great God of truth who gives us life, the inventor and creator of people.” Their exchanges culminated not only in presentation by this simple and respectful of roses and an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe formed on his cloak, and construction of a chapel, but also the greatest mass conversion in history.
Their exchanges were also marked by a wonderful humility and respect, expressed by both parties.