Philip was born into the noble Florentine family of Benizi at the beginning of the thirteenth century, around the time of the founding of the Friar Servants of the blessed Virgin Mary. He studied both medicine and theology. The love of God was very strong in him, so that he fulfilled the divine law to perfection, by self-discipline, bringing help to the poor of Christ, praying, and particularly by reciting each day the office of the Holy Virgin.Read More
Category: Servite Saints & Blesseds
Clelia Barbieri was born on 13 February 1847, at Le Budrie in the Diocese of Bologna, Italy. Her early years were passed in the great poverty.
In 1868, together with three companions, she founded a community to care for abandoned girls and to provide for their education. She died at the age of twenty-three on 13 july 1870, at Le Budrie where her body is venerated. She was canonize by Pope John Paul II on April 9, 1989. From the small group at Le Budrie was born the religious family of the Minims of the Sorrowful Virgin.Read More
Ubald was born at Borgo Sansepolcro around the middle of the thirteenth century. He entered the Order of Servants an was ordained a priest.
As a Servite friar he was noted for the holiness of his life and works. He was a close friend of Saint Philip.Read More
Thomas of Orvieto was drawn to enter the Servite Order by his great love of Our Lady and his desire to reach heaven. Because of his humility he asked to be admitted among the lay brothers. Often he was given the task of going from house to house seeking alms. Artistic representations of Blessed Thomas picture him carrying a knapsack with a fig branch in his hand, offering in the middle of winter, a bunch of figs to a pregnant woman who desired them. It seems that the artists wanted to depict both the solicitude of this man of...Read More
James Philip was born in 1454 in Celle di Monte Chiaro in the diocese of Faenza, Italy. Because of a vow of his parents, he was associated with the Order at the age of nine. He was note for his spirit of prayer and penance as well as his love for the Scriptures and the works of the Fathers of the Church. Ordained a priest, his celebration of the sacraments demostrated his deep spirituality and love for the liturgy. He died in 1483. His body rests in the cathedral of Faenza. Clemente XIII approved devotion to him in 1761....Read More