New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Didacus

detail from 'La Cuisine des Anges', by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1646, oil on canvas, Louvre, Paris, FranceArticle

Confessor, born San Nicolas del Puerto, Spain; died Alcala, Spain, 1463. He was educated under the direction of a hermit and followed the austere life practised by his master. Received as a lay-brother of the Franciscan Order he was sent, in 1445, with a priest of the order to the Canary islands, and was made warden of the Fortaventura monastery. Recalled to Spain, 1449, he went to Rome the following year for the canonization of Saint Bernardine of Siena. While there he served as infirmarian in the convent of Ara Creli, and many were miraculously cured through his intercession. He returned to Spain and spent the remaining years of his life in solitude and prayer at Alcala. Emblems: a cross, and lily. Canonized, 1588. Feast, Roman Calendar, 13 November; O.F.M., 12 November.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Didacus”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 October 2012. Web. 17 June 2021. <>