St Peter Damian Biography
St Peter Damian was a changing Benedictine monk and Cardinal in the circle of Pope Leo IX. He was placed by Dante in one of the highest circles of Paradiso as the great predecessor of Saint Francis of Asisi and he was declared a Doctor of the church in 1828. St Peter Damian feast day is February 21.
He was born in Ravenna around 988-1007, the youngest of an outsized noble, yet poor family. Being an orphan at an early age, his elder brother adopts him. He then abuse and under-feed him whereas using him as a swineherd.
After some years, another brother, Damianus, who was a high priest at Ravenna. He had pity on him and took St Peter Damian away with him to be educated. Adding his brother’s name to his own. St Peter made such speedy progress in his studies of theology and canon law.
1st at Ravenna and then at Faenza. And finally, at the University of Parma, that was when he was around twenty-five years of age. At this time he was already a well-known teacher at Parma and Ravenna.
The Memorial of Saint Peter Damian, Bishop, and Doctor of the Church
Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church is the Patron Saint of Traceurs,
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Saint Peter Damian, Bishop, and Doctor of the Church brief life History
|Date of Birth
|Country of Birth
|Italy in Europe
|Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church
|Place of Work
|Date of Death
|22 February 1072 or 1073
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Saint Peter Damian, Bishop, and Doctor of the Church Short life History
Saint Peter Damian was born in 988 and lost both parents at an early age. His eldest brother, in whose hands he was left, treated him so cruelly that a younger brother, a priest, moved by his piteous state, sent him to the University of Parma, where he acquired great distinction.
His studies were sanctified by vigils, fasts, and prayers, till at last, thinking that all this was only serving God by halves, he resolved to leave the world. He joined the monks at Font-Avellano, then in the greatest repute, and by his wisdom and sanctity rose to be Superior. He was employed on the most delicate and difficult missions, amongst others the reform of ecclesiastical communities, which was affected by his zeal.
Seven Popes in succession made him their constant adviser, and he was at last created Cardinal Bishop of Ostia. He withstood Henry IV. of Germany and labored in defense of Alexander II. against the Antipope, whom he forced to yield and seek for pardon.
He was charged, as Papal Legate, with the repression of simony; again, was commissioned to settle discords amongst various bishops, and finally, in 1072, to adjust the affairs of the Church at Ravenna. He was laid low by a fever on his homeward journey, and died at Faenza, in a monastery of his order, on the eighth day of his sickness, whilst the monks chanted matins around him.
Today’s Catholic Quote:
The Saints studied, not in order to be accounted learned, but to become perfect. This only is wisdom and true greatness, to account ourselves as ignorant, and to adhere in all things to the teachings and instincts of the Church.
St Peter Quote
Do not suffer depression. Do not let your weakness make you impatient. Instead, let the serenity of your spirit shine through your face. Let the joy of your mind burst forth.