St. Cajetan

St. Cajetan Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/07


Patron Of: Job Seekers, Unemployed People

Also known as
    Cajetan the Theatine
    Cajetan of Thiene
    Cayetano
    Gaetano
    Gaetanus
    Gaetano dei Conti di Tiene
    Gaetano da Thiene

Memorial
    7 August

Profile
    Venetian nobility. Studied law in Padua, and was offered governing posts, but turned them down for a religious vocation. Ordained at age 36. In 1522, Cajetan founded a hospital in Venice for victims of incurable illness. Cajetan was aware of the need of reformation in the Church, and felt called to enter a religous community to serve the sick and poor. On 3 May 1524, with three others, including John Peter Caraffa who later became Pope Paul IV, he formed the Congregation of Clerks Regular (Theatines) at Rome with the mission of fostering the Church's mission and reviving the spirit and zeal of the clergy. Founded a bank to help the poor and offer an alternative to usurers (loan sharks); it later became the Bank of Naples. Known for a gentle game he played with parishioners where he would bet prayers, rosaries or devotional candles on whether he would perform some service for them; he always did, and they always had to "pay" by saying the prayers.

Born
    October 1480 at Vicenza, Italy as Gaetano dei Conti di Tiene

Died
    1547 at Naples, Italy

Beatified
    8 October 1629 by Pope Urban VIII

Canonized
    12 April 1671 by Pope Clement X

Patronage
    job seekers
    unemployed people



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