My sister is looking for a patron saint for a girl who is outdoorsy and athletic. I can't think of any - can you help? Thanks!
You can't think of any?
I can't say I blame you. The list of girls who became saints is as long as everyone's arms sewn together. It would take you days to check out what every single person did. Weeks, maybe.
That's why I'm here! And I'm happy to help.
But I can't think of anyone more outdoorsy and athletic than St. Joan of Arc. To begin with, she was peasant girl. They didn't have grocery stores and washing machines. They didn't have sewing machines or refrigerators. From dawn til duck, a peasant would be growing and making food, repair broken things, feeding animals and building fires.
So right out of the gate, St. Joan is no couch potato.
But then, she receives visions and hears the voices of saints and Michael the Archangel telling her to mount up and lead the French Army. She did that. And she fought in battles and was shot with an arrow. When she miraculously survived, she impressed the helmets off her soldiers.
I would call that athletic and outdoorsy, wouldn't you? I'll bet she spent an enormous amount of time camping.
Oops. My bad. He is indeed Venerable. No miracles for him just yet. But yes, I think I can head you in the right direction. Got there and type "Matt Talbot" in the search bar. From there the links will take you in circles.
But don't despair! There is an address. So you can write. You can also follow all the links. You haven't mentioned why you're trying to track it down. Do you have a Matt Talbot miracle to report?
I hope so! The last attempt was rejected by the Vatican as a miracle. I don't know what it was, so obviously, I don't know why it wasn't a miracle.
Meanwhile here is a great rundown of everything you need to know about saint making: