April 22 --- St. Francis Fabriano
St. Francis Fabriano was born in 1251 and died on April 22, 1322. From early childhood, he showed unusual gifts and rare talents, especially in piety and intellectual pursuits. After completing the study of humanities and of philosophy, he entered the Franciscan Order, becoming known for his rapid progression in virtue.
For the remainder of his life, he devoted himself to missionary work among the local populace and became a shining example of a preacher whose sermons bespoke of his deep spiritual life. In particular, he was deeply convinced that the clergy had the obligation of preaching only well grounded and authentic doctrine, in unambiguous and carefully phrased language.
To accomplish this task, he used his inheritance to purchase a handsome library , which he called," the best workshop in the convent".
St. Francis Fabriano understood the necessity of clarity in transmitting Catholic doctrine, knowing that without it the salvation of the people was at risk. Let us pray that Our Lady guide us to seek only the authentic teachings of the Catholic Faith as taught by its saints.