Mary Fabyan Windeatt
Mary Fabyan Windeatt was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1910. Interested in music as a child, she received a degree in music from Toronto Conservatory of Music at the age of fifteen and a further degree in music from Mount Saint Vincent College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1927. This same year she moved with her family to San Diego, California, graduating from San Diego State College in 1934 with a degree in business.

She moved to New York to seek employment in the field of advertising but was unsuccessful. With time on her hands, she began to write and in 1934, she sent a story, which was accepted for publication, to a Catholic magazine. She continued to write while pursuing her studies, graduating in 1940 with a master’s degree from Columbia University.

Miss Windeatt eventually contributed verse, book reviews, short stories, and articles to thirty-three different publications and wrote numerous biographies of saints for children. The first biography, Saints in the Sky, The Story of St. Catherine of Siena, was published in 1941. Considerable research went into her books; for example, she traveled to Peru in the summer of 1941 prior to publishing Lad of Lima, The Story of Blessed Martin de Porres in 1942. (St. Martin de Porres was canonized a saint in 1962.) In addition to her biographies, she also wrote the text for twenty-eight Catholic coloring books and was a regular contributor to the monthly Dominican magazine The Torch in which many of her books originally appeared in serial form. A third-order (secular) Dominican, she has been called the “storyteller of the saints”—especially Dominican saints.

Later in life, Miss Windeatt moved near St. Meinrad’s Abbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana with her mother. She died on November 20, 1979.

Under their original titles, the series of saint biographies that Mary Fabyan Windeatt wrote in the 1940’s and 1950’s are currently out of print. However between 1991 and 1994, Tan Books and Publishers, Inc. republished twenty of these saint biographies.

Rich in Roman Catholic culture and doctrine, these books illustrate to both children and adults how the Faith was lived every day by the saints; they inspire us to know, love, and serve God as the saints did. Mary Fabyan Windeatt had the ability to relate much factual information about each saint while seasoning the narrative with the doctrinal truths they lived. While each saint shines forth in these books, these writings also reveal to us Ms. Windeatt’s own strong Catholic beliefs; her faith too lives on.


A Word About Grade Level

The grade level for each Windeatt biography has been determined solely on the length of the book. The list below suggests the independent reading level of the Windeatt biographies by grade for those who prefer this method.


Third Grade: Saint Thomas Aquinas

Fourth Grade:

King David and His Songs, The Patron Saint of First Communicants
(Blessed Imelda), Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Dominic, Saint Martin de Porres, Saint Rose of Lima, and The Miraculous Medal
Fifth Grade:
Blessed Marie of New France, The Children of Fatima, Saint Benedict,
and The Little Flower

Sixth Grade: The Curé of Ars, Saint Francis Solano, Saint Hyacinth of Poland, and Saint John Masias
Seventh Grade:
Saint Louis de Montfort and Saint Paul the Apostle

Eighth Grade: Pauline Jaricot and Saint Margaret Mary


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Graced Encounters with Mary Fabyan Windeatt's Saints: 344 Ways to Imitate the Holy Habits of the Saints

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This book is a compilation of the "Growing in Holiness" sections of RACE for Heaven's Catholic study guides for the Windeatt saint biography series and presents 344 examples of saintly behavior, one for nearly every chapter in each of these twenty biographies. View more info

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Saint Paul the Apostle, The Story of the Apostle to the Gentiles

By: Mary Fabyan Windeatt

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Follow St. Paul (c.3-c.65) as he converts to the Christian faith, travels on three missionary journeys, writes numerous letters to early church leaders, and suffers a martyr's death. View more info

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King David and His Songs, The Story of the Psalms

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Study the Psalms and learn more about the life and times of King David and his family in ancient Isreal. View more info

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Saint John Masias, Marvelous Dominican Gatekeeper of Lima, Peru

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Friend of St. Rose of Lima and St. Martin de Porres, and contemporary of St. Francis Solano, St. John Masias (1585-1645) shows us how a simple, constant faith can change lives and work miracles. View more info

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Blessed Marie of New France, The Story of the First Missionary Sisters in Canada

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Experience the settling of Canada with Blessed Marie of New France (1599-1672) as she helps establish the first missionary convent in this new land. View more info

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Saint Francis Solano, Wonder-Worker of the New World and Apostle of Argentina and Peru

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Experience the excitement of Fr. Francis Solano's (1549-1610) conversion of thousands of hostile natives in Peru using solid preaching, miraculous cures, and his incredible musical ability. View more info

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The Children of Fatima and Our Lady's Message to the World

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In 1917 our Lady appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal showing them a vision of hell and requesting all to pray the rosary daily, wear the brown scapular, and perform acts of penance to obtain world peace and the conversion of sinners. View more info

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The Cure of Ars, The Story of Saint John Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests

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St. John Vianney (1786 - 1859), the Patron Saint of Parish Priests, had the gift of reading souls and teaches us much about living our daily lives with cheerful sacrifice. View more info

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Saint Margaret Mary and the Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Read about the life of St. Margaret Mary (1647-1690) and discover the history and origin of the First Friday devotion as well as the history of the persecution of Catholics in seventeenth-century England. View more info

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Saint Dominic, Preacher of the Rosary and Founder of the Dominican Order

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Founder of the Dominican order, St. Dominic (1170-1221) is also accredited for receiving the rosary from our Lady as well as preaching the Catholic truth to the heretics of the thirteenth century. View more info

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The Little Flower, The Story of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

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The most recently declared Doctor of the Church, St. Therese (1873-1897 ) taught the "Little Way" to heaven--the way of spiritual childhood. She is considered a saint of the Eucharist and has been declared the Patroness of the Missions. View more info

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Patron Saint of First Communicants, The Story of Blessed Imelda Lambertini

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Blessed Imelda (1322-1333) longed to receive our Lord in Holy Communion. Read the miraculous and inspiring story of how God rewarded her patience and fervor. View more info

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The Miraculous Medal, The Story of Our Lady's Apparations to Saint Catherine Laboure

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Learn how our Lady directed St. Catherine Laboure (1806-1876) to have a specific image produced as a medal--a medal that came to be known as "miraculous". View more info

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Saint Louis De Montfort, The Story of Our Lady's Slave

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St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716) taught total consecration to our Lady, living as her slave, as a means to holiness. View more info

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Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Story of the "Dumb Ox"

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Nicknamed "The Dumb Ox" by his classmates, this Italian saint (1225-1274) became a great theologian, Doctor of the Church, and Patron of Catholic Schools. View more info

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Saint Catherine of Siena, The Story of the Girl Who Saw Saints in the Sky

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St. Catherine (1347-1380) experienced visions of saints and our Lord. One of three women Doctors of the Church, she spent her life as a lay person in prayer and good works. View more info

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Saint Rose of Lima, The Story of the First Canonized Saint of the Americas

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Patterning her life after St. Catherine of Siena, St. Rose (1586-1617) achieved holiness by living as a lay Dominican. View more info

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Saint Hyacinth of Poland, The Story of the Apostle of the North

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This "Apostle of the North" (1185-1257) worked numerous miracles and spread Christianity throughout much of northern Europe. View more info

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Saint Martin de Porres, The Story of the Little Doctor of Lima, Peru

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A friend of St. Rose of Lima and St. John Masias, St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639) spent his life in service to the poor. View more info

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Pauline Jaricot, Foundress of the Living Rosary and the Society for the Propagation of the Faith

By: Mary Fabyan Windeatt

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Pauline Jaricot (1799-1888) founded two lay apostolates. Her life was one of perseverance amid misunderstanding and suffering. View more info