Book of Saints – Saint Pius V

Pope Saint Pius VArticle

April 30

Pius V, of the Dominican Order, was a Pope of great holiness. The family of God had been shaken by the Reformation, by corruption, and by the threat of Turkish invasion.

He carried out many reforms and called for the Council of Trent, which lasted 18 years. He ordered the founding of seminaries for the training of priests, published a new Missal, Breviary, and Catechism, and started the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes for the young.

Only at the last minute was Pius able to organize a fleet which won a victory against the Turks in the Gulf of Lepanto, off Greece, on 7 October 1571.

This saintly Pope also served the sick and the poor by building hospitals and providing food.

His pontificate (1566-1572) was one of great renewal in the Church. He died in 1572.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Pius V”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 January 2019. Web. 22 January 2019. <>