Ugolino da Gualdo Cattaneo

Ugolino da Gualdo Cattaneo (1200 - 1 January 1260) was an Italian Roman Catholic professed religious and friar of the Order of Saint Augustine.[1] Ugolino is best known for founding an Augustinian convent in Gualdo Cattaneo in 1258 where he served as its prior until his death. He practiced a rigorous spiritual life with austerities including frequent bouts of strict silence and fasting.[2]


Ugolino da Gualdo Cattaneo

Religious
Born1200
Gualdo Cattaneo, Perugia, Papal States
Died1 January 1260 (aged 59)
Gualdo Cattaneo, Perugia, Papal States
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Beatified12 March 1919, Saint Peter's Basilica, Kingdom of Italy by Pope Benedict XV
Feast
  • 1 January
  • 8 January (Augustinians)
AttributesAugustinian habit
PatronageGualdo Cattaneo

The confirmation of the late friar's longstanding 'cultus' (or popular devotion) on 12 March 1919 allowed for Pope Benedict XV to approve his beatification; Ugolino is the patron of Gualdo Cattaneo where he lived and served.[3]

LifeEdit

Ugolino da Gualdo Cattaneo was born in 1200 in Gualdo Cattaneo in Perugia.

He became a professed religious in the Order of Saint Augustine.[4]

The friar practiced a rigorous spiritual life and undertook frequent bouts of fasting in addition to periods of strict silence as both an act of meditation and repentance.[2] One of the hermitages he dwelled in for a long period of time was that of San Giovanni somewhere around Bevagna.[4]

In 1256 the townsfolk of Gualdo Cattaneo began wanting a church to replace a long-abandoned convent and in 1258 approached the Benedictine monks of San Pancrazio and requested them to provide the town with their former convent. The citizens persuaded the monks to donate the convent to the Augustinians at which point Ugolino accepted this former Benedictine residence and began the process of renovating it for his order's needs.[2][3] He and Angelo da Foligno founded this convent for the order in Gualdo Cattaneo in 1258 at which point Ugolino was made its first prior - the religious served as such for the remainder of his life.[1] A fellowship was opened and named after him though was dissolved after its 1568 suppression.

He died in 1260. His remains were transferred in 1262 to the church of Santi Antonio e Antonino.[2] His first biographer from the 1600s was Lodovico Iacobilli.[4]

BeatificationEdit

 
Tomb.

The confirmation of the late friar's longstanding 'cultus' (or popular devotion) on 12 March 1919 allowed for Pope Benedict XV to approve his beatification. His local 'cultus' is said to have flourished after his death though became greater after 1483.[4]

He is the patron of Gualdo Cattaneo.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Blessed Hugolinus of Gualdo Cattaneo". Saints SQPN. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Blessed Ugolino of Gualdo Cattaneo". Province of Saint Augustine. 8 January 2000. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Bl. Hugh of Gualdo Cattaneo". Midwest Augustinians. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Blessed Ugolino da Gualdo Cattaneo". Santi e Beati. Retrieved 4 August 2016.

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