Father Jacobo Gratij

Also known as

  • Jacobo de Gracia
  • Jacobo Gratii


The son of Jacome and Margherita Gratii, Jacobo was orphaned in 1524 at age 7. From 1541 to 1546 he studied law at the University of Bologna where he became friends with fellow student Giovanni Battista Castagna, the future Pope Urban VII. Lawyer. In 1548, Jacobo began working as secretary for Cardinal Veralli in Rome, Italy. He assists Veralli and Castagna on diplomatic missions in France. Secretary to Castagna as he served as governor of Ferno, Italy in 1555, then Perugia and Umbria, Italy in 1559. Attended the 3rd session of the Council of Trent from 1562 to 1565. Secretary to Castagna in his work as papal nuncio to Spain from 1566 through 1572, then to Venice and France from 1573 to 1575. Jacobo received the Portuguese Order of Christ. Served as diplomat to Spain for Pope Gregory XIII from 1575 through 1582. While in Madrid, he helped found the Hospital of the Italians there. In 1587, at the age of 70, Jacobo is ordained a priest in the archdiocese of Madrid. His Cause for Canonization has opened.



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Father Jacobo Gratij“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 November 2018. Web. 17 April 2021. <>