St Conrad of Piacenza; St Barbatus of Benevento; St Mesrop; St Alvarez of Cordo
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Conrad of Piacenza
Born of a
noble family in northern Italy, Conrad as a young man married Euphrosyne, daughter of a
One day while hunting he ordered attendants to set fire to some brush in order
to flush out the game. The fire spread to nearby fields and to a large forest. Conrad fled. An
innocent peasant was imprisoned, tortured to confess and condemned to death. Conrad confessed his
guilt, saved the man's life and paid for the damaged property.
Soon after this event, Conrad and his wife agreed to
separate: she to a Poor Clare monastery and he to a group of hermits following the Third Order Rule.
His reputation for holiness, however, spread quickly. Since his many visitors destroyed his
solitude, Conrad went to a more remote spot in Sicily where he lived 36 years as a hermit, praying
for himself and for the rest of the world.
Prayer and penance were his answer to the temptations that beset him. Conrad
died kneeling before a crucifix. He was canonized in 1625.
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