Saint of the Day

April 24

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Mark Roy was born in Sigmaringen, Swabia (Germany) in 1578. He held doctorates in philosophy, canon law and civil law, and served as a tutor to nobles in France, Italy and Spain. Known as the "lawyer of the poor," he gave up practising law to enter the Capuchins in Freiburg, Switzerland, in 1612; he accepted the name Fidelis of Sigmaringen.

A dynamic preacher, he was appointed by the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith to preach to the Calvinists in Switzerland. He met with much resistance and was assaulted and slain in 1622. He is a patron of lawyers.

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