Some of my favorite saints — St. Therese, St. Francis, St. Faustina and St. Bruno — are commemorated in early October. So it seems fitting to me that five new saints would be canonized right around this time of year. (Next weekend, to be precise.) The five blesseds in question are:
- Bl. Jozef de Veuster, a.k.a. Father Damien (1840-1889) of Belgium and, later, Molokai.
- Bl. Rafael Arnáiz Barón (1911-1938) of Spain.
- Bl. Jeanne Jugan, a.k.a. Mary of the Cross (1792-1879) of France.
- Bl. Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski (1822-1895) of Poland.
- Bl. Francisco Coll y Guitart (1812-1875) of Spain.
And this is actually the second batch of saints for 2009. The first group, canonized in April, consisted of:
- St. Arcangelo Tadini (1846-1912) of Italy.
- St. Bernardo Tolomei (1272-1348) of Italy.
- St. Caterina Volpicelli (1839-1894) of Italy.
- St. Gertrude Comensoli (1847-1903) of Italy.
- St. Nuno Álvares Pereira (1360-1431) of Portugal.
As far as saint names go, I believe Nuno is a brand new one. There are Bernardos and Gertrudes and Jeannes and Rafaels, but no Nunos. Behind the Name suggests that Nuno is derived from the Latin word nonus, meaning ninth. Wikipedia, on the other hand, lists other sources such as the Latin word nonnus, meaning monk or tutor.