Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Andrew Corsini, Bishop

portrait of Saint Andreas Corsini, by Guido Reni, c.1633; Galleria Corsini, now Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy; swiped off Wikimedia CommonsEntry

In Florence, in the year 1302, Saint Andrew was born of the illustrious family of the Corsini. His youth was spent in the wildest dissipation; but, through the prayers and tears of his pious mother (who had offered her son to God before his birth), the grace of God, and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, wrought a sudden conversion in the young man’s heart, and he became a Carmelite monk, and afterwards bishop of Fiesole. Both as a religious and as a prelate he led a most austere and saintly life. In his diocese he exercised a heavenly ministry of conciliation and peace, thus realizing a vision which his mother is said to have had prior to his birth, when it appeared to her that she had brought forth a wolf which was afterwards changed into a lamb. He entered into rest on January 6, 1373, dying at Fiesole, beloved and lamented by all.

. . . That I might scatter wide and far
My Maker’s praise from star to star,
And joyous sing how He had smiled
Forgiveness on His erring child.
    – Gerald Griffin

Favorite Practice – To pray for the conversion of sinners, invoking to that end the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Andrew Corsini, Bishop”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 21 April 2021. <>