Saint) Confessor (August 7) (14th century) A Sicilian Friar of the Order of Mount Carmel, to which his mother, hitherto childless, had vowed him before his birth. When of sufficient age he willingly ratified his mother’s vow and entered among the Carmelites of Mount Trapani. He lived a life of extreme austerity and, by his zeal in preaching, called many sinners back to the paths of virtue. He also converted numerous Jews to the true Faith. He died in a solitude, that is, in a lonely hermitage of his Order, in the year 1306, and was buried in the Carmelite Church at Messina, of which city he is recognised as one of the Patron Saints. He was canonized about the middle of the fifteenth century.