Blessed Bernardine of Fossa

Also known as

  • Bernardine d’Amici
  • Bernardine of Aquila
  • Bernardine of Aquilanus
  • Fra Bernardino of Fossa
  • Giovanni Amici



Born to the nobility, member of the Amici family. An excellent student, he was educated at Aquila, Italy. Obtained doctorates in civil law and canon law at Perugia, Italy. Joined the Franciscan Friars Minor on 12 March 1445 in Perugia, taking the name Giovanni Bernardino, and receiving the habit from Saint James of the Marches. Held assorted administrative posts at several Franciscan monasteries in the regions of Umbria and Abruzzi in Italy. Evangelist throughout Italy, Dalmatia and Serigonia. Provincial of his Order in Italy from 1454 to 1460; provincial in Dalmatia and Bosnia from 1464 to 1467; attorney general to the Roman Curia from 1467 to 1469; provincial in Italy from 1472 to 1475. Twice chosen bishop of Aquila, and twice refused the see, citing his inadequacy to the position. Noted historian and ascetical writer, and many of his sermons have survived to today; wrote the first biography of Saint Bernardine of Siena.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Bernardine of Fossa“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 December 2015. Web. 27 October 2016. <>