John of Meda

John of Meda, Ord.Hum., (1100 - 26 September 1159) also known as John of Como, was an Italian monk of the Humiliati Order and abbot at their monasteries at Milan and Como. He has been declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

Saint John of Meda, Ord.Hum.
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Lunette of the portal of the church of the Abbey of Viboldone, Milan, Italy. On the left is Saint Ambrose (patron saint of Milan), with Our Lady with the Child Jesus in the centre, and St. John of Meda on the right.
BornGiovanni Oldrati (or Oldradi)
Meda, Lombardy, Holy Roman Empire
Died26 September 1159
Brera, Lombardy, Holy Roman Empire
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church (Lombardy)
Canonizedca. 1170 by Pope Alexander III
Major shrinePontificio Collegio Gallio, Como, Italy
Feast26 September


He was born Giovanni Oldrati (or Oldradi) in the town of Meda, Lombardy. Receiving a vision of the Virgin Mary, in 1134 he felt called to join the Humiliati at their Abbey of Viboldone. This was a religious movement widely viewed with suspicion for heresy, due to their communities being composed of families as well as men and women following the monastic form of life, with the former being the leaders of the community.

John came to work for their adoption of the Benedictine Rule, adapted to their needs. Later John went on to found other monasteries of the Order in the regions of Milan and Lombardy. He spent his later life serving as an abbot, and is known for introducing the Little Office of Our Lady.[1]


  1. ^ Saint John of Meda Archived 2009-03-23 at the Wayback Machine Patron Saint Index