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Saint of the Day May 11: Francis di Girolamo

May 11th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:


Saint Francis di Girolamo

Feast Day: May 11

Already a priest in Naples, Italy, Francis entered the Society of Jesus at age 28.Saint.Cross.generic

From 1676 until his death, this Jesuit missioner, who wanted to evangelize in Japan, served in Naples and the surrounding countryside. A renowned preacher, he was said to be “a lamb when he talks and a lion when he preaches.”

He sought out sinners in prisons and brothels, and converted to Christianity a number of Moorish and Turkish prisoners. He also rescued children from dangerous situations, opened a charitable pawnshop and organized an association of workers to assist the Jesuits.

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