Thursday, June 4, 2020

Blessed John Duns Scotus – Saint of the Day – November 8

Blessed John Duns Scotus Biography

Blessed John Duns Scotus Profile. Born: 1266 AD in the United Kingdom, Europe. Worked in Scotland. Died: 8 November 1308 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Feast Day is celebrated on November 8.

The Memorial of Blessed John Duns Scotus – Saint of the Day

Blessed John Duns Scotus Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth 1266 AD
Country of Birth The United Kingdom in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Blesseds who were Priests
Profession Missionary
Place of Work Scotland
Date of Death 8 November 1308
Place of Death Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Feast Day November 8
Beatification Beatified by John Paul II on 6 July 1991
Canonization Canonized by N/A
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Blessed John Duns Scotus Biography

Blessed John Duns Scotus was also known as Doctor Subtilis. He was the son of a wealthy farmer and a Friar Minor at Dumfries where his uncle Elias Duns was superior. He studied at Oxford and Paris and got ordained on 17 March 1291 at Saint Andrew’s Church, Northampton at age 25. He then began lecturing at Oxford and Cambridge from 1297 to 1301 when he returned to Paris to teach and complete his doctorate.

John pointed out the richness of the Augustinian–Franciscan tradition, appreciated the wisdom of St.Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle and the Muslim philosophers, and still managed to be an independent thinker. His ideas led to the founding of a school of Scholastic thought called Scotism. In 1303 when King Philip the Fair tried to enlist the University of Paris on his side in a dispute with Pope Boniface VIII over the taxation of Church property, but John dissented and was given three days to leave France.

He returned to Paris in 1305, and received his doctorate and taught there and in 1307 so ably defended the Immaculate Conception of Mary that the university officially adopted his position. Drawing on this work, Pope Pius IX solemnly defined the Immaculate Conception of Mary in 1854.

The Franciscan minister general assigned John to the Franciscan school in Cologne, Germany; he died there the next year.

Bl. John Duns Scotus
Bl. John Duns Scotus