Blessed Bonaventure of Barcelona

Blessed Bonaventure of BarcelonaAlso known as

  • Bonaventure of Riudoms
  • Bonaventura Gran
  • Fra Bonaventure of Barcelona
  • Miguel Baptista Gran Peris



The only child in a farm family, Francisco married at age 18, but became a widower just sixteen months later. He then followed a call to religious life, and Franciscan friar at the convent of Sant Miquel d’Escornalbou, making his religious profession on 14 July 1641 and taking the name Bonaventura. Over the next 17 years, he was assigned to convents in Mora d’Ebre, Figueres, la Bisbal d’Empordà and Terrassa where he served variously as cook, porter, beggar and infirmarian, and was known for his quiet, pious devotion to work, prayer and Franciscan spirituality. In 1658 he was sent to the area of Rome, Italy, to promote a return to strict observance of the Franciscan Rule; he founded four monasteries in the region. He was assigned to houses in Aracaeli and Capranica, and served as porter at Saint Isidore’s College. In 1662 he founded the Riformella, a reform movement of retreats and spiritual meditation for his brother friars to bring them back to the original Franciscan spirituality; his writings about the “Retreats” received pontifical approve from Pope Innocent XI. Over the years he served as advisor to many, including Pope Alexander VII, Pope Clement IX, Pope Clement X and Pope Innocent XI.






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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Bonaventure of Barcelona“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 September 2018. Web. 28 February 2021. <>