Layman who spent the first part of his life indifferent to religion. Married to Blessed Buona dei Segni. Worked as a grocer, money changer, and corn merchant. Father. Spent every waking moment in pursuit of wealth and political influence. In his 30′s, his children all died of natural causes, bringing to stark reality all he had given up, and what little he had to show for it. He converted, and spent the rest of his life ministering to the poor, sick, and imprisoned. He and his wife may have been the first Franciscan tertiaries. He was given to ecstasies, and had the gifts of leviation and healing.