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Saints for Children: Role Models for Young Hearts

Updated: Oct 18, 2023


Saints for Children

These four saints for children are role models to look up to and seek inspiration from. Their stories and examples can encourage children to live virtuous lives, grow in their faith, and make a positive impact on the world around them.



Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi


Feast Day: October 4


Patronage: animals, ecology, peace, and the environment


How to get to know him more:


1. Read children's books about Saint Francis of Assisi, such as "The Song of Francis" by Tomie dePaola.


2. Celebrate his feast day by organizing a nature walk or creating bird feeders with your children.


3. Teach children about his love for animals and the importance of caring for God's creation.


4. Pray for his intercession for kindness and compassion towards all living creatures.



Saint Therese Liseux by @weenacontrerasart

Saint Therese of Lisieux


Feast Day: October 1


Patronage: missions, florists, and the sick


How to get to know her more:


1. Read children's books about Saint Therese of Lisieux, such as "God's Little Flower" by Becky Arganbright.


2. Celebrate her feast day by planting flowers or visiting a local nursing home to bring joy to the elderly.


3. Encourage children to practice acts of kindness and love in their daily lives, just like Saint Therese did.


4. Ask for her intercession for courage and guidance in following God's will.



Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas


Feast Day: December 6


Patronage: children, sailors, and pawnbrokers


How to get to know him more:


1. Read children's books about Saint Nicholas, such as "Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend" by Julie Stiegemeyer.


2. Celebrate his feast day by placing shoes or stockings out for Saint Nicholas to fill with small treats or gifts.


3. Teach children about his generosity and encourage them to perform acts of kindness for others.


4. Pray for his intercession for protection and blessings upon children.



Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, watercolor on Strathmore paper by @weenacontrerasart

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha


Feast Day: July 14


Patronage: ecology, environment, and Native Americans


How to get to know her more:


1. Read children's books about Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, such as "Kateri Tekakwitha: Mohawk Maiden" by Evelyn Brown.


2. Celebrate her feast day by learning about Native American culture and traditions.


3. Teach children about her strong faith and resilience in the face of adversity.


4. Ask for her intercession for strength and courage in living out their Catholic faith.







Do you have any other go-to saints for children? Who are they? Tell me about them in the comments.



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