Posts Tagged ‘Franciscan’

St. Conrad of ParzhamFeastday: April 21

1818 – 1894

Saint Conrad of Parzham was a German Franciscan mystic and lay brother. He was born Carl Birndorfer in Parzham, Bavaria, Germany, on December 22, 1818. He was the ninth son in a peasant family.

He had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin, and each day fervently recited the Rosary. On feast days he frequently made a journey to some remote shrine of the Blessed Mother. During such pilgrimages, always made on foot, he was engaged in prayer, and when he returned in the evening, he was usually still fasting.

He became a Capuchin lay brother in 1849. For more than thirty years Conrad served as porter or doorkeeper of the shrine of Our Lady of Altotting and was known for his Marian devotions. Conrad had the gift of prophecy and of reading people’s hearts.

He died in Altotting on April 21. He was canonized in 1934.


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St. Peter RegulatusFeastday: March 30

1390 – 1456

Saint Peter de Regalado (Spanish: San Pedro Regalado; Latin Regalatus) was a Franciscan reformer. He was born at Valladolid, Spain, to a noble family, and entered the Franciscan Order in his native city at the age of thirteen.

After several years, he transferred to a far more austere monastery at Tribulos, where he became known for his severe asceticism as well as his abilities to levitate and enter into ecstasies. A success as abbot, he gave himself over to bringing needed reforms to the monastery and to promoting reforms in other Franciscan houses. For his zeal in adhering to the rules of the community he was designated Regulatus.

In 1415 he became superior of the convent at Aguilera. He observed nine Lents, fasting on bread and water, and was endowed with the gift of miracles and prophecy and of every virtue.

When his body was exhumed thirty-six years after his death, at the insistence of Isabella the Catholic, it was found incorrupt and placed in a more precious tomb.

He was beatified by Innocent XI, 11 March 1684, and canonized by Benedict XIV, 29 June 1746.

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Feastday: May 20

Saint Bernardino of Siena, O.F.M., (8 September 1380 – 20 May 1444) was an Italian priest, Franciscan missionary, and is a Catholic saint. The son of a noble family, he had been orphaned at seven and raised by an aunt. After his aunt died, Bernardine started to think about where his life should be going.

In the year 1400, a plague was raging through the city of Siena so horrible that as many as twenty people died each day just in the hospital alone. It was a desperate situation — more and more people were falling ill and fewer and fewer people were there to help them.

At that time St Bernardino came to help and he brought young men like himself willing to tend the dying. For four months Bernardine and his companions worked day and night not only to comfort the patients but to organize and clean the hospital. Only at the end of the plague did Bernardine himself fall ill — of exhaustion.

Bernardine, who had come to Siena to study, threw himself into prayer and fasting to discover what God wanted him to do. In 1403 he joined the Franciscans and in 1404 he was ordained a priest.

The Franciscans were known as missionary preachers, but Bernardine did very little preaching with because of a voice that was weak and hoarse. For twelve years he remained in the background, his energies going to prayer or to his own spiritual conversion and preparation. At the end of that time, he went to Milan on a mission. When he got up to preach his voice was strong and commanding and his words so convincing that the crowd would not let him leave unless he promised to come back.

Thus began the missionary life of the one whom Pope Pius II called a second Paul. As usual, Bernardine through his whole self, body and soul, into his new career. He crisscrossed Italy on foot, preaching for hours at a time, several times a day. We are told he preached on punishment for sin as well as reward for virtue but focusing in the end on the mercy of Jesus and the love of Mary. His special devotion was to the Holy Name of Jesus.

Some who were jealous denounced him to the pope by saying he preached superstition. Silenced for a short while, Bernardine was soon cleared and back to preaching.

Bernardine refused several cities that wanted him as bishop but he was unable to avoid being named vicar general of his order. All his energy during that period went to renewing the original spirit of the order.

Soon, however, Bernardine heard the call to go back to preaching which consumed his last days. As a matter of fact, even when it was clear he was dying, he preached fifty consecutive days. He died in 1444 when he was almost 64 years old.

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