Book of Saints – John of Saint Facundus

detail of a ceramic altarpiece with an image of San Juan de Sahagún; 17th century, artist unknown; convent of Santa Maria del Pópulo, Seville, Spain; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) (June 12) (15th century) Born at Sahagun (S. Fagoudrz) in Spain, from an early age he had held several Benefices in the Diocese of Burgos; but the reproaches of his conscience forced him to resign them all, except one chapel where he daily said Mass, preached and catechised. He studied Theology at Salamanca, and ultimately became a Hermit of the Augustinian Order in the same city. His life was marked by a singular devotion to Holy Mass. Each night after Matins, he remained in choir till the hour of celebration. The power of his personal holiness, felt in his preaching, produced a complete reformation in Salamanca. He had a special gift of reconciling enemies. He sedulously denounced the vice of impurity rife at the time; and died in defence of the Angelic virtue, being poisoned by a woman whose companion in sin he had converted. He went to his reward, A.D. 1479.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “John of Saint Facundus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 June 2017. Web. 10 December 2018. <>