Blessed Bernardine of Feltre

Blessed Bernardine of FeltreAlso known as

  • Bernardino of Feltre
  • Bernardino of the Pawn Shops
  • Martin Tomitani



Born to the nobility, the eldest of nine children, he grew up with a speech impediment. After hearing Saint James of the Marches preach at Padua, Italy during Lent in 1456, he felt a call to the religious life. Joined the Order of Friars Minor in May 1456. Teacher. Studied at Mantua, Italy. Ordained in 1463. His speech impediment miraculously cured, and he became a travelling preacher throughout Italy, noted for his fiery sermons against usury. He organized more than thirty monti di pietá throughout Italy to give people an alternative to high-interest lenders.






  • green hill of three mounds, with a cross on each
  • man holding monte di pietà, that is, a little green hill composed of three mounds and on the top either a cross or a standard with the inscription: Curam illius habe
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Bernardine of Feltre“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 May 2020. Web. 25 February 2021. <>