Bernardino of Siena

May 20

Bernardino of Siena (1380-1444) was born near Siena, Italy. When he was orphaned at age six, his aunt raised him and helped him receive an extensive education (including a law degree). During a bubonic plague outbreak in Siena, Bernardino cared for the sick, then joined the Franciscan Brothers in 1402. He traveled by foot across Italy preaching with great passion, attracting huge crowds, and calling people to repentance. Because he felt strongly called to be a preacher and missionary, he turned down episcopal positions offered to him.

Bernardino wrote theological works and established Franciscan schools of theology in Monteripido and Perugia. He resigned administrative duties in 1442 and spent the last two years of his life on an extended preaching mission, traveling around Italy by donkey. He died on May 20, 1444, and was buried in Aquila. Soon, people were claiming miracles in his name.

Bernardino is the patron saint of advertising and communications.

If Bernardino of Siena had taken the Spiritual Types Test, he probably would have been a Sage. Bernardino of Siena is remembered on May 20.

Today's Reflection

Bernardino of Siena