Blessed Amadeus of Portugal

detail of an antique holy card of Blessed Amadeus of Portugal, date and artist unknown; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Amadeus Menez de Silva
  • Amedeus….
  • João de Menezes da Silva
  • João Mendes de Silva
  • Peter John Silva Meneses



Born to the Portugese nobility, the youngest of eleven children of Rui Gomes, the Count of Viana, and Isabel de Menezes; brother of Saint Beatrice da Silva Meneses. Courtier to Empress Eleonaora of Portugal. Married briefly. Monk at the Hieronymite monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe for ten years. Entered the Franciscans in 1453 in Assisi, Italy as a lay brother. Hermit. Ordained in 1459. Founded the monastery Virgin of Peace near Milan, Italy and led a community under strict Franciscan rules; they were known as the Amadeistene, Amadeans, Amadeeërs or Marignano reform, and at one point there were 28 houses following their example, but all eventually merged with the Franciscans. Wrote on prophesy, and a commentary on the Book of Revelations. Amadeus’s work was praised by Pope Sixtus IV, King Ferdinand the Catholic of Aragon, and Saint Louis IX of France.


  • 1420 in Morocco as João de Menezes da Silva



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Amadeus of Portugal“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 November 2019. Web. 19 October 2021. <>