October 2021
1Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
International Day of Older Persons
Respect All Life Month
2Feast of the Guardian Angels
Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi (1869)
International Day of Nonviolence
4Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (a favorite saint of Cornelia Connelly)
6Feast of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher
7Birthday of Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931)
10Birthday of Ken Saro–Wiwa (1941) a Nigerian writer, environmental activist and martyr. He was known for standing up against the Shell oil company to preserve his native homeland of the Ogoni people, an indigenous group in Nigeria.
World Mental Health Day
11Feast of St. Pope John XXIII
Birthday of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884)
Birthday of Thích Nhat Hanh (1926)
12Anniversary of the Death of Matthew Shepard (1976-1998)
13Founding of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus by Cornelia Connelly, Derby, England, 1846
14International Day for National Disaster Reduction
15Feast of St. Teresa of Avila
Anniversary of the First Mass celebrated in a Holy Child convent, 1846
International Day of Rural Women
16World Food Day
17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist
19Feast of Sts. John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues
Anniversary of the assassination of Digna Ochoa (1964-2001), a Mexican-human rights lawyer known for her work in defending the poor and those working to protect the environment.
20Feast of St. Maria Bertilla Boscardí¬n—so devoted to her hospital patients that she remained with them through bombings and air raids during World War I.
24Feast of St. Anthony Claret
United Nations Day