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 27th November

Blessed Bernadin of Fossa

 Confessor, First Order

Of the Order of Friars Minor, historian and ascetical writer, b. at Fossa, in the Diocese of Aquila, Italy, in 1420; d. at Aquila, 27 November, 1503. Blessed Bernardin belonged to the ancient and noble family of the Amici, and sometimes bears the name of Aquilanus on account of his long residence and death in the town of Aquila. He received his early training at Aquila and thence went to Perugia to study canon and civil law. On the 12th of March in the year 1445, he received the Seraphic habit from St. James of the Marches who was then preaching a course of Lenten sermons at Perugia.

From the time of his entrance into religion, Bernardin never ceased to advance in religious perfection, and the success which crowned his missionary labours throughout Italy, as well as in Dalmatia and Serigonia, bears witness to the eminent sanctity of his life. Bernardine fulfilled the office of provincial of the province of St. Bernardin and of the province of Dalmatia and Bosnia, and would have been chosen Bishop of Aquila had not his humility forbidden him to accept this dignity.

His cult was approved by Leo XII, 26 March, 1828. His feast is kept in the Franciscan Order on the 7th of November. The writings of Blessed Bernardin include several sermons and divers ascetical and historical opuscules; among the latter, the "Chronica Fratrum Minorum Observantiae" deserves special mention. This interesting chronicle was first edited by Leonard Lemmens, O.F.M., from the autograph manuscript, and is prefaced by an interesting life of Blessed Bernardin and a critical estimate of his writings. It may also be mentioned that Bernardin is the author of the first life of his patron, St. Bernardine of Siena.

Prayer of the church

O God, who didst inflame Blessed Bernardin with the ardour of

the seraphic spirit, and didst make him an admirable preacher of

the divine word in order to achieve the salvation of souls, grant

us the grace to practise the works of charity as he practiced them

and thus to obtain Thy mercy.

Through the same Christ Our Lord  Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen

APA citation. Donovan, S. (1907). Bl. Bernardine of Fossa. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved November 4, 2013 from New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02505a.htm


Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois


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