St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
Feast Day - April 24
Fidelis was born of a good family called Rey at Sigmaringen in Swabia, and gained a famous name for himself in legal work. But when experience showed him its dangers, he abandoned it and, enlightened by a call from Heaven, asked to be admitted among the Capuchins. When he had taken his vows, he was an inspiration and example to all by his observance of the rule and zealously promoted the cult of the Virgin Mother of God and of the Rosary.
He asked God that he might die as a martyr for the Catholic Faith, and this was granted him. For he was appointed leader of the missions which the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith had established at this time for the Grisons and, since he spared himself no toil and converted many heretics to Christ, he incurred the hatred of evil men. So, on the 24th of April in the year 1622, at a church in a place called Sewis, he was struck down with blows and wounds by some heretics who had deceitfully invited him to meet them, pretending to be converts. And thus he consecrated with his own blood the first-fruits of the Martyrs of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.
Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. II: Passion Sunday to August (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1748-1749.
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