Feast of St. Bonaventure (July 15)   Leave a comment

Cardinal of Albano; died in 1274

St. Bonaventure was born Giovanni di Fidanza, in Bagnorea, Italy, in 1221.  At age 19 he entered the Franciscan Order, where he had the greatest impact.  St. Bonaventure taught theology at the Franciscan school in Paris from 1248 to 1255.  In 1257, with St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Bonaventure received his doctorate in theology.

That year he became Minister-General of the Franciscans, an order divided by quarreling factions.  The saint reconciled them and, in 1260, established new constitutions for the order, becoming the “Second Francis.”  St. Bonaventure refused to become the Archbishop of York in 1265, yet could not refuse to become Cardinal of Albano in 1271.  Nevertheless, he asked the bearer of that invitation to wait as he finished washing the dishes.


Almighty God, you have raised up faithful bishops of your church, including your servant St. Bonaventure.  May the memory of his life be a source of joy for us and a bulwark of our faith, so that we may serve and confess your name before the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 34:11-16 or Acts 20:17-35

Psalm 84

1 Peter 5:1-4 or Ephesians 3;14-21

Matthew 24:42-47


Posted January 27, 2010 by neatnik2009 in July, Saints of the 1200s

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