Fidelis of Sigmaringen


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Franciscan friar and martyr. Born at Sigmaringen (Hohenzollern), he was educated at Freiburg-in-Breisgau, receiving doctorates in philosophy and law. From 1604 to 1610 he was tutor to some Swabian young men on their travels. Soon afterwards he was ordained priest and joined the Capuchin branch of the Franciscan Order in 1612. He was superior of three houses in succession (1618–22), and became famous as a preacher and for his care of the sick. He also wrote a book of Spiritual Exercises which was translated into several languages. He was sent to preach among the Zwinglians of the Grisons area with the purpose of reconciling them to the Church of Rome. He was killed by enraged peasants at Zwinglian instigation in the church at Seewis (Switzerland). His body rests in Coira cathedral. He was canonized in 1746. Feast: 24 April.

Lives by L. da Lavertazzo (1922) and B. Gossens (1933); see also B.T.A., ii. 156–7 and N.C.E., v. 910; Bibl. SS., v. 521–5; H.S.S.C., viii. 290.

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