(Saint) Martyr (April 24) (17th century) Mark Rey, born at Sigmaringen (South Germany) in A.D. 1577, practising as a lawyer, came to be known as the ” Advocate of the Poor.” In A.D. 1612 he embraced the Religious life as a Capuchin, and quickly advanced in the way of the Saints. The newly-founded Roman Congregation of the Propaganda (which honours him as its Proto-Martyr) sent him as a missionary to the Swiss Protestants in the Grisons. His converts were numerous; but in the end he was stabbed to death by the fanatics near Gruch (April 24, 1622). His shrine is at Feldkirch, but his head is venerated in the Cathedral of Chur (Choire).
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Fidelis of Sigmaringen”. , 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 24 April 2013. Web. 25 October 2014. <>