Joined the Dominicans at Pisa, Italy in 1280. Educated at the University of Paris, France. Lector at Sainta Maria Novella church in Florence, Italy in 1305. Noted preacher in and around Florence. Founded the Confraternity of the Holy Redeemer at Pisa. Professor of theology at Saint James Friary, Paris in 1311. A visionary, Jordan had two great devotions – Our Lady and Saint Dominic de Guzman.
Made a scientific study of the use of preaching as an apostolic tool. Considered a daring innovator for extending the use of vernacular Italian as a beautiful, musical language of evangelization; his use of Italian and Tuscan helped lead to the modern Italian language. Knew the breviary, missal, most of the Bible (with commentary), and the second part of the Summa Theologica by heart. Quick to state that learning alone can never make a preacher; it needed a holiness of life.
- 19 August 1311 at Piacenza, Italy of natural causes while on his way to teach in Paris, France
- relics venerated at the church of Saint Catalina at Pisa, Italy
God of holiness, by the integrity of his life and gentle manner you made Blessed Jordan a fitting minister to preach the gospel. By following his example may we generously strive to serve you through service to our neighbor and so gain the fruit of an everlasting reward. 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 Jordan of Pisa“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 March 2010. Web. 3 July 2015. <>