1. Pope Pius XII declared Saint Alphonsus (1696-1787) the patron of moral theologians. Alphonsus also founded this religious congregation of priests and brothers living a common life, dedicated to the imitation of Christ and working in missions for peasants in rural areas.
2. Saint John Vianney (1786-1859) wanted to become a priest but faced a challenge: his formal schooling was meager and he struggled with Latin. He persevered through his seminary studies with the help of a tutor and was ordained. In 1929, Pope Pius XI named him patron saint of this group of people, given his hard work to reach his goal.
3. Little is known of Saint Lawrence, a deacon and martyr in Rome under Pope Sixtus II (d. 258), who was in charge of dispensing aid to the poor and needy. After Sixtus was condemned to death by Roman authorities during the era of persecutions, Lawrence knew his fate was sealed as well, so he gave to the poor all of his money and sold these as well to increase the total sum.
4. Saint Clare of Assisi (1194-1253), following Saint Francis, practiced a life of total poverty at a small convent in San Damiano. Clare founded this order and governed it for 42 years.