Monday, June 1, 2020

Saint Didacus of Alcalá – Saint of the Day – November 12

Saint Didacus of Alcalá Biography

Saint Didacus of Alcalá Profile. Born: 1400 AD in Spain, Europe. Worked in Spain. Died: 12 November 1463 in Alcala, Castile, Spain. Feast Day is celebrated on November 12.

The Memorial of Saint Didacus of Alcalá – Saint of the Day

Saint Didacus of Alcalá 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

1400 AD

Country of Birth

Spain in Europe

Matrimony/Holy Orders

Saints who were Not Married


Lay brother

Place of Work


Date of Death

12 November 1463

Place of Death

Alcala, Castile, Spain

Feast Day

November 12


Beatified by N/A


Canonized by Pope Sixtus V in 1588

Patron Saint of

Franciscan laity
Franciscan lay brothers
San Diego, California, diocese of

Saint Didacus of Alcalá Biography

Saint Didacus of Alcalá loved and felt a calling to the solitary life from his youth and when still young he became a hermit who supported himself by weaving mats. He served as a Franciscan lay-brother at the convent of Arizafa. Though he lacked formal education, he was sought out for his insights into the Christian life.

He was later sent as a missionary to the Canary Islands in 1442 where he went with the belief that he would be martyred. He became the Superior of the community at Fuerteventura, Spain where he converted many by his preaching and example and returned unharmed to Spain in 1449.

Didacus was again sent to Rome, Italy in 1450 for the canonization of Saint Bernardine of Siena. An epidemic broke out among the gathered Franciscans and he worked himself to exhaustion to help his brothers. He is reported to have miraculously cured many of the sick. He then returned to Spain and spent the rest of his life as a prayerful Christian at Alcala.

St. Didacus of Alcalá
St. Didacus of Alcalá