New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Bonaventure

Saint Bonaventure of BagnoregioArticle

Born 1221 at Bagnoregio, Tuscany, Italy; died on 15 July 1274 at Lyon, France. Doctor of the Church, CardinalBishop of Albano, born Bagnorea, Italy; died Lyons, France. Cured of an illness in his youth by Saint Francis, he entered the Order of Friars Minor, c.1243. He lectured at the University of Paris, 12481255. Elected Minister General of the order, he governed until 1273, when he was made CardinalBishop of Albano. In this capacity he instituted needed reforms, settled the dispute between the Spirituales and Relaxati (contending groups of Friars Minor), revised the constitution of the order, and wrote a life of Saint Francis which was approved as authoritative at the chapter of Pisa, 1263. He was commissioned by Pope Gregory X to prepare the questions for discussion at the Fourteenth AEcumenical Council at Lyons, 1274, but he died while the council was still in session. Emblems: communion, ciborium, cardinal‘s hat, tongue of Saint Anthony of Padua. Canonized, 1482. Relics at Bagnorea. Feast, Roman Calendar, 14 July.

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