About Today for Wednesday in the 1st week of Advent

October 23

Saint John of Capistrano, Priest

Optional Memorial

St. John of Capistrano was born in Italy in 1385. As a teen, he studied law in Perugia where he received high marks. After graduation, he was made governor of Perugia by King Ladislaus of Naples. When war broke out between Perugia and Sigismondo Malatesta of Rimini, St. John was sent as an ambassador for peace. He was imprisoned; but during this time, he began studying theology. Upon release, St. John of Capistrano gave up politics and entered the Franciscan Order. In 1425, after his ordination, he started preaching and, with his mentor St. Bernardine, gained great renown. Thousands would come to hear him speak and he influenced Christians in Germany, Bohemia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, and Poland. [1]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. John of Capistran.”
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