Saint of the Day – 19 February – Saint Conrad of Piacenza

The Memorial of Saint Conrad of Piacenza

Saint Conrad of Piacenza is the Patron Saint of Against hernias
Noto, Sicily, city of
Noto, Sicily, diocese of

Saint Conrad of Piacenza Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersMarried People who became Saints

Saint Conrad of Piacenza brief life History

Date of Birth 1290 AD
Country of Birth Italy in Europe
Profession Franciscan tertiary, pilgrim and hermit
Place of Work Italy
Date of Death 19 February 1351
Place of Death Noto, Kingdom of Sicily
Feast Day 19 February
Beatification By Pope Leo X in 1515 in Rome, Papal States
Canonization By Pope Urban VIII on 2 June 1625 in Piacenza, Duchy of Parma and Piacenza, Holy Roman Empire
Patron Saint of Against hernias
Noto, Sicily, city of
Noto, Sicily, diocese of

Saint Conrad of Piacenza Short life History

Saint Conrad of Piacenza was also known as
• Conrad of Noto
• Corrado, Currau, Kerrew

Born to the nobility. Married to Euphrosyne, the daughter of a nobleman; the two led a pious life in the world. One day while hunting, Conrad ordered attendants to set fire to some brush in order to flush out the game. A strong wind carried the flames to nearby fields, forests, towns and villages, and Conrad fled in panic. An innocent peasant was imprisoned, tortured into a confession and condemned to death for the fire. Remorseful, Conrad stepped forward to confess, saving the man. He then paid for the damaged property, selling nearly all he owned in order to raise the cash.

Conrad and his wife saw the hand of God in the dramatic events, and chose to give the poor everything they had left. They then separated, she to a Poor Clare monastery, he to a group of Franciscan tertiary hermits. Conrad lived such a life of piety that his reputation for holiness spread quickly. He had the gift of healing. Visitors destroyed his solitude, so he fled to a the valley of Noto, Italy in Sicily where he lived 36 years in prayer as a hermit.

Legend says that when the Bishop of Syracuse visited him, the bishop asked if Conrad had anything to offers guests. Conrad said he would check in his cell. He returned carrying newly made cakes, which the bishop accepted as a miracle. Conrad returned the bishop’s visit, and made a general confession to him. As he arrived, he was surrounded by fluttering birds, who escorted him back to Noto.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

Died on 19 February 1351 at Noto, Sicily of natural causes while kneeling before a crucifix and body found incorrupt in 1485

Saint Conrad of Piacenza