Born wealthy. Studied law but left it for the priesthood. Restored a ruined hospital where he tended the sick and gave legal advice for free. When he discovered that the hospital had fallen into disrepair because its funding had been misappropriated, he successfully sued the bishop of Chiusi, Italy for return of the funds; the bishop had him killed by paid hitmen.
- murdered on 15 January 1304
- buried in a stand of trees
- body discovered by a group of shepherds who found the trees near his grave in full bloom in the dead of winter
- “Blessed James the Almsgiver“. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 January 2010. Web. 5 October 2015. <>