Blessed Bernardine of Feltre

Also known as

  • Bernardino of Feltre
  • Martin Tomitani

Memorial

Profile

Born to the nobility, the eldest of nine children, he grew up with a speech impediment. After hearing Saint James of the Marches preach at Padua, Italy during Lent in 1456, he felt a call to the religious life. Joined the Order of Friars Minor in May 1456. Teacher. Studied at Mantua, Italy. Ordained in 1463. His speech impediment miraculously cured, and he became a travelling preacher throughout Italy, noted for his fiery sermons against usury. He organized more than thirty monti di pietá throughout Italy to give people an alternative to high-interest lenders.

Born

Died

Beatified

Patronage

Representation

  • green hill of three mounds, with a cross on each
  • man holding monte di pietà, that is, a little green hill composed of three mounds and on the top either a cross or a standard with the inscription: Curam illius habe

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Bernardine of Feltre“. Saints.SQPN.com. 11 February 2014. Web. 28 July 2014. <>