Conrad of Parzham


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Franciscan lay brother (1818–94).

Born in Parzham (Bavaria), the ninth and youngest son of a peasant family, he became a Capuchin lay brother after his parents' death in 1849. Professed in 1852, he was sent to Alltôtting, a famous Marian shrine, where for forty years he was porter of his friary and devoted himself to the numerous pilgrims. Charitable, patient, and tactful, he was also reputed to have read the secrets of hearts and to have exercised the gift of prophecy. He fell ill in 1894 and died on 21 April. He was beatified in 1930 and canonized in 1934, a rapid procedure by the standards of that time. Feast: 21 April.

A.A.S. xxii (1930), 319–23;Fr. Dunstan, St Conrad of Parzham (1934).

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