Saint of the Day – 25 July – Blessed Pietro Corradini OFM (1435–1490) Priest

Saint of the Day – 25 July – Blessed Pietro Corradini OFM (1435–1490) Priest of the Franciscan Friars Minor, Confessor, Preacher, Spiritual Director – born 1435 in Mogliano, Macerata, Italy and died during the night of 24 to 25 July 1490, aged 55, near Fermo, Italy after a brief illness.   Pietro and a great devotion to the Holy Mother and constantly taught love of her.   Fr Pietro served in several leadership positions within his Order which bought him into contact with the likes of St James of the Marches (his life: ) and St Camilla Battista da Varano – (her life here: ).-Blessed-Pietro-Corradini-of-Mogliano

Pietro Corradini was born in 1435 in Macerata into a prominent household.   When he was only thirteen years old he was graced with a vision.   God showed Peter the whole world in ruins.   Then God showed him that the world would be rescued by a single monk.  The vision is reminiscent of Christ’s request to St Francis: “Francis, rebuild my Church.”    How can a single man or a small group of men and women have such an impact?    It defies common sense and the ways of the world.

Perhaps Blessed Peter was mindful of this, or perhaps his well-off family pushed him into university but in either event, Peter’s life took a more practical turn and he achieved his doctorate in law.    He seemed poised to become a successful man of the world until he experienced a deep conversion upon listening to the sermon of a visiting Franciscan.    Pietro immediately approached the Preacher and asked to be admitted as a Franciscan.

He joined the Order of Friars Minor in 1467 and was later Ordained to the Priesthood.   He became a travelling Preacher in the Marche region, perhaps always zealously aiming to be the monk of his dream and save the world.   He preached with immense power of his love for Christ and His Church and the dire need of the conversion of soul.

Much later he sent to Crete where he served as a Commissioner for the entire Order and advisor and collaborator of St James of the Marches who selected Corradini to be his protégé.

Fr Pietro was also a friend, as well as, both the Confessor and the Spiritual Director of St Camilla Battista da Varano and to to her father. Fr Pietro preached a Crusade against the Ottoman Empire and on three occasions served s the as the Franciscan Provincial for the Marche region.   His first period of administration was in 1477 followed with appointments in 1483 and 1489.   He also served as a Franciscan Representative to Rome in 1474.

He became ill in Camerino and immediately requested the Viaticum before he died, which occurred just after midnight on 25 July 1490.

The bells for the Te Deum during the midnight office rung when he died.   St Camilla Da Varano presented a eulogy at the graveyard.

The Beatification process commenced not too long after Fr Pietro’s death and culminated on 10 August 1760 after Pope Clement XIII issued a formal decree that approved Corradini’s local ‘cultus’ thus naming him Blessed.

The image below is of Blessed Peter at the Holy House of Loreto, communing with the Blessed Virgin and the Christ pietro coradini


Feast of St James the Greater and Memorials of the Saints – 25 July

St James the Greater (Feast) – Son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of Saint John the Apostle.   He is called “the Greater” simply because he became an Apostle before Saint James the Lesser.

St James:

Bl Alexius Worstius
Blessed Antonio Lucci OFM.Conv. (1682-1752) Bishop of Bovino

Blessed Antonio’s Biography:

Bl Antonio of Olmedo
St Bantu of Trier
St Beatus of Trier
St Christopher (died c 251) Martyr
St Christopher!
St Christopher is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers – read more about them here:

St Cugat del Valles
Bl Darío Acosta Zurita
St Ebrulfus
St Euphrasia
St Fagildo of Santiago
St Felix of Furcona
St Florentius of Furcona
St Glodesind of Metz
St Magnericus of Trier
Bl Michel-Louis Brulard
Bl Mieczyslawa Kowalska
St Mordeyren
St Nissen of Wexford
St Olympiad of Constantinople
St Paul of Palestine
Blessed Pietro Corradini OFM (1435–1490) Priest
St Theodemir of Cordoba

Martyrs of Caesarea – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together in the pesecutions of emperor Maximilian and governor Firmilian – Paul, Tea and Valentina. 309 in Caesarea, Palestine.

Martyrs of Cuncolim – 20 saints: On 15 July 1583 the group met at the church of Orlim, and hiked to Cuncolim to erect a cross and choose land for a new church. Local anti-Christian pagans, seeing the unarmed Christians, gathered their weapons and marched on them. One of the parishioners, a Portuguese emigre named Gonçalo Rodrigues, carried a firearm, but Father Alphonsus Pacheco stopped him from using it. The pagans then fell upon them, and killed them all without mercy. They were –
• Alphonsus Pacheco
• Alphonsus the altar boy
• Anthony Francis
• Dominic of Cuncolim
• Francis Aranha
• Francis Rodrigues
• Gonçalo Rodrigues
• Paul da Costa
• Peter Berno
• Rudolph Acquaviva
• ten other native Christian converts whose names have not come down to us
They were martyred on Monday 25 July 1583 at the village of Cuncolim, district of Salcete, territory of Goa, India. Beatified on 30 April 1893 by Pope Leo XIII.

Martyrs of Motril – 5 beati: Four priests and a brother, all members of the Augustinian Recollects, who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War:
• Deogracias Palacios del Río
• José Rada Royo
• José Ricardo Díez Rodríguez
• Julián Benigno Moreno y Moreno
• León Inchausti Minteguía
They were shot on 25 July 1936 in Motril, Granada, Spain and Beatified on 7 March 1999 by Pope John Paul II.

Martyrs of Toledo – 4 beati: Four brothers and a priest, all members of the Hospitallers of Saint John of God, and all martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Carlos Rubio álvarez
• Eloy Francisco Felipe Delgado Pastor
• Jerónimo Ochoa Urdangarín
• Primo Martínez De San Vicente Castillo
25 July 1936 in Talavera de la Reina, Toledo, Spain. They were Beatified on 25 October 1992 by Pope John Paul II.

Martyrs of Urda – 3 beati: Three members of the Passionists who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Benito Solana Ruiz
• Felix Ugalde Irurzun
• Pedro Largo Redondo
They were shot on 25 July 1936 in Urdá, Toledo, Spain and Beatified on 1 October 1989 by Pope John Paul II.