St. John Gualbert


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/12


Patron Of: Forest Workers, Foresters, Park Services, Parks

Also known as
    Giovanni Gualberto
    John Gualberto

Memorial
    12 July

Profile
    Florentine nobility; part of the Visdomini family. His brother Hugh was murdered. John tracked down the killer, finding him on a Good Friday. John received a vision of Christ on the Cross, which he took as a sign to pardon the killer, and convert to Christianity. He did both.

    Against his family opposition, he became a Benedictine monk at San Miniato del Monte monastery. Founded and built by hand the monastery in Vallombrosa, Italy near Friesole in 1038. The rule of his order was an austere form of the Benedictine Rule, included an order of lay brothers, and received papal approval in 1070. When it seemed he would be appointed abbot, he fled. He founded abbeys at at San Salvi, Moscetta, Rozzuolo, Monte Salario, and Passignano, though did not do all the contstruction himself. Reported to have the gift of prophecy. Known for his great charity. Claims of miracles through his intercession in life and after.

Born
    c.985 at Florence, Italy

Died
    1073 at Passignano near Florence, Italy

Name Meaning
    God is gracious; gift of God (John)

Canonized
    1193 by Pope Celestine III

Name Meaning
    God is gracious

Patronage
    forest workers
    foresters
    park services
    parks



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