September 2023
National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Suicide Prevention Month
1World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Season of Creation begins and lasts through 10/4
3Feast of Phoebe: First deacon in the Church
Feast of St. Gregory the Great, Born during the Byzantine Empire-604: Patron of teachers, students, and musicians
4Labor Day
6Birthday of Jane Addams, 1860–1935: Known as the "mother" of social work, a pioneer American settlement activist, and leader in women’s suffrage and world peace.
Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset and ends at nightfall 9/8
8Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
National Grandparents Day
Birthday of Kerry Kennedy, 1959: Human rights activist, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, founder of global education initiative "Speak Truth to Power"
10World Suicide Prevention Day
Anniversary of the terrorists attacks on U.S.
12Anniversary of the assassination of Stephen Bantu Boko, 1946–1977: Anti-apartheid activist in South Africa during the 1960s and 1970s
Birthday of Florence Kelley, 1859–1932: A leading organizer against sweatshops and an advocate for children's rights
13Birthday of Marie Dennis, 1942: Former co-president of Pax Christi international, currently senior director of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, and prolific author
15Feast of Our Mother of Sorrows
Hispanic Heritage Month begins and lasts through 10/15
Birthday of Alfred Depp, SJ, 1907–1945: German priest and philosopher; key figure in the resistance to Nazism
International Day of Democracy
16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
Anniversary of the assassination of Victor Lidio Jara Martínez, 1932–1973: Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-song writer, and political activist
17Constitution Day
Clean Up the World Weekend
19Birthday of Paulo Freire, 1921–1997: Brazilian educator and philosopher; creator of the pedagogy of the oppressed
20Birthday of Van Jones, 1968: Civil rights activists, attorney, and social and environmental justice leader
Sukkot (Jewish Feast of Tabernacles) begins at sunset and ends on 9/27
21International Day of Peace
Anniversary of the assassination of Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier in Washington, DC and his American colleague, Ronnie Karpen Moffitt, 1976
22Birthday of Hans Scholl, 1918–1943: Founding member of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany
World Car Fee Day
24-25Yom Kippur
25United Nations General Assembly Adoption of Sustainable Development Goals
26Feast of Blessed Pope Paul VI, 1897-1987: Continued the Second Vatican Council and implemented its numerous reforms
First televised U.S. presidential debate (Kennedy v. Nixon, 1960)
27Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, 1581-1660: French catholic priest devoted to the poor; founded the Vincentian priests; patron of charities, hospitals, prisoners and volunteers
28Feast of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, 1594-1637: First Filipino saint and patron of the Philippines
29World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Birthday of Mother Catherine Elizabeth McAuley, 1778–1841: Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy
Michaelmas Day
Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael
International Coffee Day
30Birthday of Elie Wiesel, 1928–2016: Author, professor, activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor