Blessed Lorenzo of Ripafratta

detail from an antique Italian holy card of Blessed Lorenzo of Ripafratta, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial


Born to the Italian nobility, Lorenzo’s family had a military history and a duty to protect the outer defenses of the city of Pisa, Italy. Lorenzo, however, was drawn to the religious life, began studying for the priesthood, and while a deacon, he joined the Dominicans at the convent of Saint Catherine in Pisa in 1396. Priest. He worked for reform of the Dominicans and encouraged his brother friars in their studies, prayer life, and devotion to the Rule. Lorenzo served as novice master, spiritual director and preacher, and taught theology; his novices and students include Saint Antonius of Florence, Blessed Peter Cappuci, Blessed Fra Angelico and the artist Fra Benedetto. Vicar-general of the congregation. He worked with the sick during plague outbreaks in the Italian cities of Pistoia and Fabriano. Father Lorenzo served for 60 years, lived a simple, ascetic life, and was particularly devoted to the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.




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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Lorenzo of Ripafratta“. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 September 2021. Web. 22 September 2021. <>