Book of Saints – James of Picenum

detail of a portrait of Beato Giacomo della Marca; by Pietro Perugino, 1512-15; tempera on canvas, Gallery of Umbria, Perugia, Italy; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) (November 28) (15th century) This Saint is commonly called Saint James of the Marches of Ancona, the modern name of the ancient Picenum, in which he was born. Though his family was of the poorest, his talents opened a bright worldly future before him. But he elected to put on the Franciscan habit at Assisi, and thenceforth lived a wonderful life of penance and poverty. His zeal for the salvation of souls (says Butler) seemed to have no bounds, and for forty years together he never passed a single day without preaching the Word of God, either to the people or to the Religious of his own Order. He worked miracles, and shared in some of the missionary labours of Saint John Capistran in Germany. He died A.D. 1476 at the age of ninety, and was canonized A.D. 1726.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “James of Picenum”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 August 2018. Web. 26 January 2022. <>