Blessed Jakov Varingez

Blessed Jakov VaringezAlso known as

  • Giacomo de Bitetto
  • Giacomo of Bitetto
  • Giacomo Varingez
  • Giacomo Veringuez
  • James of Bitetto
  • James of Dalmatia
  • James of Illyricum
  • James of Sclavonia
  • James of Zara
  • James the Illyrian
  • James the Slav



Son of Leonardo and Beatrice Varingez. Jakov re-located to Bari, Italy to escape Turkish invaders. There he felt a call to religious life and joined the Order of Friars Minor at the friary of Bitetto, Italy; he lived there nearly all the rest of his life. He served as cook, almsbeggar, gardener, porter, and sacristan. Known for being continually in prayer, he was given to ecstasies, noted as a miracle worker and for the ability to levitate. In his 80’s he worked with victims of the plague of 1482.





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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Jakov Varingez“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 April 2016. Web. 25 October 2016. <>