Franciscan Saints




13th May



Blessed Julian of Valle


Confessor, First Order


Beatified 23 February 1910 by Pope Pius X (cultus confirmed)” (,Memorial 11th May by the Capuchins, May 14th by the Franciscans and May 2nd by the Conventuals



Julian belonged to the ancient family of the Cesarelli at Valle in Istria. In the convent of his native town he was invested with the habit of the Poor Man of Assisi, and soon distinguished himself among his brethren for rigid observance of the holy rule and deep spirituality.


As a priest he laboured like an angel of peace to reconcile the various political factions in the city and country. He worked with tireless zeal and spared himself in nothing, if he could pacify the hearts of angry partisans and lead them on the road of salvation.


Blessed Julian of Valle understood that peace is an inestimable blessing, and so he directed all his efforts toward the one end of moving warring factions to peace. Not without reason did our Lord give the injunction:


“In whatsoever house you enter, first say, Peace be to this house.”


Finally, after he had advanced in years and virtue, he passed on to meet his Lord, in the convent of St Michael at Valle, the same convent in which he had been invested, about the middle of the fourteenth century.


His grave has been glorified by God by many miracles, so that his countrymen have chosen him for their patron. Pope Pius X confirmed the veneration paid to him.


There is a crying need in these disrupted and troubled times for good people to unite in storming heaven with the prayer, “Lord, give peace in this our day!” It is time to plead with great fervor at Holy Mass: “Lamb of God, give us Thy peace!”






Prayer of the Church


O God, from whom are all holy desires, right counsels, and

just works, give to Thy servants that peace which the world

cannot give, that our hearts being devoted to keeping Thy

commandments, we may come to sincerely love Thee and

be good examples to our brothers.

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



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


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