Book of Saints – Cajetan

detail from a Saint Cajetan holy card, date and artist unknownArticle

(Saint) (August 7) (16th century) Of the noble family of the Lords of Thienna, near Vicenza, in Lombardy. Born A.D. 1480, and from his youth upwards known as “The Saint,” he renounced the dignities offered him in Rome in order to devote himself to the service of the sick and of the poor of Vicenza. Later, with Peter Caraffa (afterwards Pope Paul IV) he founded the Congregation of Regular Clerks, called Theatines, from Theate (Chieti) in the Abruzzi, where Caraffa was Bishop. This Institute was one of the most prominent among the fruits of the revival of Christian piety in the sixteenth century, and distinguished by the absolute trust in Divine Providence which was its characteristic. It spread through Italy during the lifetime of the Founder, and exists to our own day. Saint Cajetan died at Naples A.D. 1547.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Cajetan”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 September 2012. Web. 19 February 2019. <>