Related to Norman princes. Educated at Bologna, Italy. Physically small, he was noted by all for his leadership and organizational skills. Dominican friar, receiving the habit from Saint Dominic in 1219 while still in university. With twelve brother Dominicans, he founded a friary near Florence, Italy in 1220. The men in this house caused a great evangelical stirring in Florence, and they were given the monastery of Santa Maria Novella; under the Dominican‘s direction, it became a noted center for art and education.
- 1242 of natural causes
- buried at the church of Saint Maria Novella in Florence, Italy
- relics translated several times, the last being on 18 February 1571
God of truth, for the spread of the faith you made Blessed John a renowned preacher of your word. By the help of his prayers may we confess with our mouths unto salvation what we believe with our hearts unto justice. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. – General Calendar of the Order of Preachers
- “Blessed John of Salerno“. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 June 2014. Web. 25 May 2015. <>