Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, Feast of St. Thomas More and Feast of St. Thomas Didymus

Saint Thomas Aquanis feast January 28th


Whether you choose St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas More or St. Thomas the Apostle to honor, respect or emulate, each of these saintly figures has a special day in the Catholic calendar. This is his special feast day.

A feast day, by the way, is the day the Catholic Church officially recognizes and commemorates the contributions of a particular saint. It originates from the traditional of honoring the date of death of the Christian martyrs.

The Catholic Church recognizes St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of students, on January 28. Born in Aquino, Italy circa 1125, he is also considered the model teacher for those entering the priesthood. He seamlessly united the scholastic world with the spiritual one as few have done.

July 3 is the feast day of St. Thomas the Didymus, one of the original twelve apostles, from whom we get the term "doubting Thomas." Thomas refused to believe that Christ had been resurrected until he could touch the wound on His hand. St. Thomas the Apostle is the patron saint of architects and builders. He is also the patron saint of India, the region he visited as a missionary after Jesus's assumption into heaven.

St. Thomas More, who is best remembered in the Catholic Church as the defender of the faith against heresies, has a feast day of June 22. It wasn't until the year 2000 that Pope John Paul II declared St. Thomas More to be the patron saint of Statesmen and politicians.

Each saint - including St. Thomas More, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Thomas the Apostle has a Feast day dedicated solely to him. Churches world wide may choose to honor these saints in any number of ways, including the dedication of a St. Thomas mass


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