Book of Saints – Francis Borgia

[Saint Francis Borgia]Article

(Saint) (October 10) (16th century) Born A.D. 1510, a son of the Duke of Gandia and a Grandee of Spain, at the age of eighteen, he was placed at the Court of the Emperor Charles V; and soon after married the virtuous Eleonora de Castro, by whom he had five children. In A.D. 1539, his having to escort the disfigured corpse of the Empress Isabel to its last resting-place so impressed him that he vowed to become a Religions, and four years later resigned his Vice-Royalty of Catalonia to enter the Society of Jesus (A.D. 1551). After years given to study and prayer, chiefly spent in Rome, he steadily refused the Cardinalate pressed upon him by the Pope and by the Emperor, devoting himself to preaching. He was made the third General of his Order, which he did much to consolidate and propagate. He died at Ferrara, while travelling on an Embassy from Pope Saint Pius V to the Kings of France and Spain (A.D. 1572); and his remains were enshrined at Madrid. He was canonised A.D. 1671.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Francis Borgia”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 May 2013. Web. 9 May 2021. <>