Saint Donatus of Ripacandida

detail from a Saint Donatus of Ripacandida holy card, 1898, artist unknownAlso known as

  • Donatello
  • Donato



Born to a poor family; named for Saint Donatus d’Arezzo. Benedictine monk at the monastery of Sant’Onofrio Massadiruta, Petina, Italy. Transferred to the Montevergine abbey in 1194. Returned to Sant’Onofrio Massadiruta in 1195 where he worked in the garden, with the farm animals, and in the bakery; he regularly got in trouble for giving away the house’s food to the poor. Would stand naked in an icy river at night to pray to do penance for his sins, and would often sleep in a nearby cave. His reputation for piety led to many to seek his spiritual wisdom.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Donatus of Ripacandida“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 October 2016. Web. 18 June 2021. <>