St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/24


Also known as
    the poor man's lawyer
    Mark Rey

Memorial
    24 April

Profile
    Lawyer and philosophy teacher. Disgusted by the greed, corruption, and lack of interest in justice by his fellow lawyers, Mark Rey abandoned the law, became a priest, became a Franciscan friar with his brother George, changed his name to Fidelis, and gave away his wordly wealth to poor people in general and poor seminarians in particular. He was served his friary as guardian, and worked in epidemics, especially healing soldiers. He led a group of Capuchins to preach to Calvinists and Zwinglians in Switzerland. The success of this work, and lack of violence suffered by mission was attributed to Fidelis spending his nights in prayer. He was, however, eventually martyred for his preaching.

Born
    1577 at Sigmaringen, Hohenzollern, Germany as Mark Rey

Died
    murdered 24 April 1622 at Grusch, Grisons, Switzerland

Beatified
    24 March 1729 by Pope Benedict XIII

Canonized
    29 June 1746 by Pope Benedict XIV



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


 
 
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