I was just accepted to Seminary for next year, and I was wondering if you could recommend some saints for me. I already know about St. John Vianney, since the seminary I will be attending is named after him. I was hoping for some more obscure saints.
Thank you very much.
Obscure saints, eh? How come? Not that that isn't a fine idea. Are you thinking, being obscure, they'll have more time for you? Works for me!
So, my suggestion for you is Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara, who is not obscure, obscure, but I'll bet most Americans don't know him from Adam. He was a parish priest from Mexico. He was a busy guy. He opened schools, a newspaper, a catechism center and even a power plant. In his youth he was a shepherd, a farm boy, so he knew from farming life. He was able to start up farm co-ops with towns people. Move over farmer's market!
Here's where the rubber meets the road, where you are concerned, patron saint-wise. The anti Church government closed down all the seminaries, so St. Cristobal opened one on his one and gathered up all the displaced seminarians. It was quickly suppressed. He quickly opened a new one. Which was suppressed. So he opened another one. Over and over and over again. As fast as they closed him down, he reopened. When they were all closed he met with the seminarians in private homes.
How's that for devotion to seminarians?
It didn't work out well for St. Cristobal. He preached against the rebellion and one day he was arrested as an instigator of the guerilla resistance, which wasn't true. He was arrested on his way to say Mass. Falsely imprisoned with no trial, he was sentenced to the firing squad. He gave away all his possession to his captors and forgave them and gave them absolution.
You can actually find pictures of him being led down the street, standing in front of the firing squad and the final kill shot (as the Navy Seals say) online. The firing squad actually didn't kill him and he was then shot point blank in the head.
So if it's bravery, devotion, energy and strength that you feel you need, there you go.
And if he isn't enough for you, there were a bunch of these guys. He was martyred with St. Agustin Caloca. The rebellion made quite a few martyrs.
And then there's this little fellow. He never got to become a priest because of the mess his country was in. I'm sure he'd love to help you.