Patron Saints

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The main patrons of A Simple House are St. Francis of Assisi and St. Alphonsus Liguori. A Simple House is dedicated to observing Franciscan poverty with an Alphonsian love for the poorest of the poor.

As new houses were opened, additional patron saints were assigned to each house. The second house opened by A Simple House was put under the patronages of St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, and Bl. Teresa of Calcutta. For short it is referred to as a Simple House of the three Teresas. (Since then, this house has moved to our new Alabama Avenue location.)
The third house was founded in Kansas City, Missouri and put under the patronages of Sts. Stephen and James.

The fourth house was put under the patronage of St. Jude.

saint-alphonsus-liguori 2Strange but true links between St. Francis and St. Alphonsus:

  • They are both of Italian nobility.
  • They both received two auditory calls from God to leave the world.
  • They both founded orders.
  • Both of their orders are in the top five largest mens orders in the world.
  • The fathers of both saints forbade their vocation to protect the family name. Neither of their families would still be known today if they had not followed their vocations.
  • St. Francis was standing next to St. Alphonsus in Bl. Maria Celestes vision which inspired the Redemptorists. Her visions occurred on the feast of St. Francis and on the eve of the feast.
  • Both encountered rough times with their orders in the later years of their lives.