Bl. Benvenuto Mareni
May 5, Blessed


Born: Recanti, Italy.  13th-century Franciscan Conventual lay brother in Recanati, Italy. Worked at his monastery as a cook, and spent his free time in prayer. During prayer and Mass he would lapse into ecstacies and receive visions; during one vision he was allowed to hold the Infant Christ. Legend says that once when a trance lasted so long that he was late to his work in the kitchen, he found an angel there already cooking. Died: 5 May 1269 in Recanati, Italy of natural causes. Interred at the church of San Franceso in Recanati. 


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