Thousands of saints are formally recognized by the Catholic Church. While some are household names, have you heard of: St. Bathilde, the slave queen?, St. Pietro Parenzo, the heavenly politician?, Bl. Sebastian de Aparicio, the first cowboy?, or St. Mary Helen MacKillop, the excommunicated saint? From these now-obscure saints or blessed come amazing stories of virtue, vice and the triumph of grace. Brian O’Neel tells these tales, often colorful and always compelling, with humor tempered by an obvious love for his subjects, explaining why they deserve our attention and devotion. Paper.