Blessed Jakov Varingez

[Blessed Jakov Varingez]
Also known as

  • Giacomo de Bitetto
  • Giacomo of Bitetto
  • Giacomo Varingez
  • Giacomo Veringuez
  • James of Bitetto
  • James of Dalmatia
  • James of Illyricum
  • James of Sclavonia
  • James of Zara
  • James the Illyrian
  • James the Slav



Son of Leonardo and Beatrice Varingez. Jakov re-located to Bari, Italy to escape Turkish invaders. There he felt a call to religious life and joined the Order of Friars Minor at the friary of Bitetto, Italy; he lived there nearly all the rest of his life. He served as cook, alms-beggar, gardener, porter, and sacristan. Known for being continually in prayer, he was given to ecstasies, noted as a miracle worker and for the ability to levitate. In his 80′s he worked with victims of the plague of 1482.





  • if you have information relevant to the canonization of Blessed Jakov, contact
       Fra Giovangiuseppe Califano, OFM
       Santuario Beato Giacomo
       70020 Bitetto (BA), ITALY


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Jakov Varingez“. 20 October 2013. Web. 1 March 2015. <>