Saint John of Avila, Priest – Feast Day – May 10

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St. John of Avila Biography

St. John of Avila Profile. Born: 6 January 1499 in Spain, Europe. Worked in Spain. Died: 10 May 1569 in Spain. Feast Day is celebrated on May 10.

The Memorial of St. John of Avila – Saint of the Day

St. John of Avila 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 6 January 1499
Country of Birth Spain in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Priests
Profession Lawyer, Priest (Travelling preacher)
Place of Work Spain
Date of Death 10 May 1569
Place of Death Spain
Feast Day May 10
Canonization Canonized by Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of
  1. Andalusia, Spain
  2. Spain
  3. Spanish secular clergy
  4. World Youth Day 2011

Saint’s Biography

Saint John of Avila was born on January 6, 1499, in Almodovar del Campo in New Castile, Spain. His parents were wealthy citizens, the Jewish convert Alonso de Avila and Catalina Xixon. As a 14-year-old, John was sent to study law at the University of Salamanca, but after a year he gave up his studies.

He then returned home, where for three years he lived a life of prayer. John studied theology and philosophy at Alcala, Spain at age 17. There he met Peter Guerrero, later Archbishop of Granada. Following the death of his parents, he liquidated most of his large fortune and gave it to the poor. John became a secular priest in 1525. He wanted to join the missionaries in Mexico but became a traveling preacher in Andalusia.


He died on May 10, 1569, at Montilla, Provincia de Córdoba, Andalucia, Spain of natural causes. John’s remains were interred in the Basílica de San Juan de Ávila in Montilla.

Saint John of Avila
St. John of Avila

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