(Saint) (July 31) (14th century) A member of an ancient family of Siena in Tuscany. He had honourably discharged the duties of First Magistrate, and was wedded to worldly pursuits, when the reading of the Life of the famous penitent, Saint Mary of Egypt, made of him a changed man. Selling all his goods, he gave the proceeds to the poor and, with the consent of his wife, made a vow of chastity. Thenceforth, he set about practising rigorous penance, and employed himself serving the sick in the hospitals. He was soon joined by others, who from their often pronouncing the Sacred Name of Jesus, came to be known as “Jesuates.” His Institute was approved (A.D. 1367) by Pope Urban V, and Saint John died thirty days after the seal thus put upon his work. It lasted three hundred years, being suppressed on account of its paucity of members, A.D. 1668.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “John Columbini”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 October 2013. Web. 29 September 2016. <>