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Saint Conrad of Piacenza
Saint Conrad of Piacenza
Confessor
Born 1290, Piacenza, Province of Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Died February 19, 1351, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Feast February 19
Patronage cure of hernias

Saint Conrad (1290 – February 19, 1351) was a noble-born Piacenzan Franciscan Hermit of the Third Order of St. Francis.

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Biography

Conrad's date of birth is uncertain. He belonged to one of the noblest families of Piacenza, and having married when he was quite young, led a virtuous and God-fearing life.

On one occasion, when he was engaged in his usual pastime of hunting, he ordered his attendants to fire some brushwood in which game had taken refuge. The prevailing wind caused the flames to spread rapidly, and the surrounding fields and forest were soon in a state of conflagration. A mendicant, who happened to be found near the place where the fire had originated, was accused of being the author. He was imprisoned, tried, and condemned to death. As the poor man was being led to execution, Conrad, stricken with remorse, made open confession of his guilt; and in order to repair the damage of which he had been the cause, was obliged to sell all his possessions. Thus reduced to poverty, Conrad retired to a lonely hermitage some distance from Piacenza, while his wife entered the Order of Poor Clares.

Later he went to Rome, and thence to Sicily, where for thirty years he lived a most austere and penitential life and worked numerous miracles until he died at Noto in Sicily, on February 19, 1351.

Veneration

Saint Conrad is especially invoked for the cure of hernia. In the year 1515, Pope Leo X permitted the town of Noto to celebrate his feast. Later permission was granted by Pope Urban VIII for his feast to be celebrated throughout the whole Order of St Francis. In Vietnam there is a popular devotion to St Conrad.

Though bearing the title of saint, Conrad was never formally canonized. His liturgical feast day is celebrated in the Franciscan Order on the day of his death, February 19.

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