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Who is a ‘saint’?

Most people use the word “saint” to refer to someone who is exceptionally good or “holy.” In the Catholic Church, however, a “saint” has a more specific meaning: someone who has led a life of “heroic virtue.”

This definition includes the four “cardinal” virtues: prudence, temperance, fortitude and justice; as well as the “theological” virtues: faith, hope and charity. A saint displays these qualities in a consistent and exceptional way.

When someone is proclaimed a saint by the pope – which can happen only after death – public devotion to the saint, called a “cultus,” is authorized for Catholics throughout the world.


In this course, students will learn about Saints. Saints 1-5 includes lessons on Saint Michael, St. Francis, St. Patrick, St. Christopher, and St. Valentine.

Each lesson includes a study guide, video, script, assessment and answer key as well as a virtual library of supplemental resources all 100% FREE.