New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Philip Benizi

detail of a statue of Philip Benizi de Damiani, by Rinaldino di Francia, date unknown; Church of Santa Maria dei Servi, Padua, Italy; photographed on 1 June 2016 by Didier Descouens; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Confessor; fifth general of the Servite Order; born Florence, 1233; died Todi, Italy, 1285. He exhibited a startling precocity in learning, studied at the University of Paris, finished his medical course at Padua, and practised medicine in Florence for one year. Obeying a vision of the Blessed Virgin, he entered the Servite Order, 1253, and was elected superior general, 1267. He assisted at the Council of Lyons, 1274, where he possessed the gift of tongues; and acted as peace-maker between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. Canonized, 1671. Relics at Todi. Feast, Roman Calendar, 23 August.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Philip Benizi”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2018. Web. 3 March 2021. <>