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Class Saints

As a reminder that we are called to be saints and live a life of holiness, each class has a class saint to inspire them on their journey in faith.

The children learn about their class saint's life, why they are a good role model and how, through their example, we might become closer to Christ ourselves.  This gives our children the opportunity to know about the life and work of a variety of saints during their time at St Francis.

Each year, during our All Saints Day Mass, we bring up our class saints during the Offertory Procession to honour both our class saints and to remind ourselves of our own individual missions.

Saints of God, Pray for us


Our class saints

Reception - St Benedict

St. Benedict was born in the year 480 and is Patron Saint of Europe.  He founded many monasteries.










Year 1 - St Paul

St. Paul is one of the most important and influential of all the saints.  He was the ultimate missionary travelling throughout many countries proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus.










Year 2 - St Teresa of Calcutta

St. Teresa was born in 1910 and her motto was “Peace begins with a smile”.  She spent most of her life living in India and helping the poor. 










Year 3 - St Bernadette

St. Bernadette was born into a very poor family in 1844 in Lourdes in France.  Our Lady appeared to Bernadette 18 times in the Grotto in Lourdes and spoke to her.  Lourdes is now a place of pilgrimage and healing. 










Year 4 - St Augustine of Canterbury

Augustine of Canterbury (early 6th century – probably 26 May 604) was a monk who became the first Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 597. He is considered the "Apostle to the English" and a founder of the English Church.

Augustine was the prior of a monastery in Rome when Pope Gregory the Great chose him in 595 to lead a mission to Britain to convert King Aethelberht and his Kingdom of Kent to Christianity. 

The mission was successful and 10,000 people were Baptised on Christmas Day 597, the year he became the first Archbishop of Canterbury.





Year 5 - St Maximilian Kolbe

St. Maximilian Kolbe was born in Poland in 1894 and was a priest.  He died during the Second World War in a concentration camp after sacrificing his life to save another prisoner.












Year 6 - St John Paul II

St. John Paul 11 was born in Poland in 1920. He became Pope in 1978. He travelled all over the world when he was Pope and stood up for human rights and religious freedom.