Bl. Conrad of Ascoli
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and missionary, b. at Ascoli
in the March of Ancona
in 1234; d. there, 19 April, 1289. He belonged to the noble family
of Milliano and from his earliest years made penance the predominating element of his life. He entered the Order of Friars Minor
together with his townsman and lifelong friend, Girolamo d'Ascoli, afterwards minister general, and later pope
under the title of Nicholas IV
. Having completed his studies at Perugia
, Conrad was sent to Rome
to teach theology
. Later he obtained permission to go to Africa
, where he preached with much fruit through the different provinces of Libya and worked numerous miracles
. He was recalled from Africa
to go on a mission to the King of France
, then at war
, and subsequently he became lector
. When not engaged in teaching, Conrad preached to the people or ministered to the sick in hospitals
. In 1288 he was summoned to Rome
by the new pope
, Nicholas IV
, who wished to make him cardinal
, but Conrad died on the way after reaching his native city, being then fifty-five years of age. Nicholas IV
was deeply grieved at the loss of his saintly
friend, on whose counsel and zeal
he had counted so much, and declared that Conrad's death was a great loss to the Church
. The people of Ascoli
erected a splendid tomb
over the remains of Blessed Conrad. In 1371, when his body was removed to the new church of the Franciscans
, it was found incorrupt and gave forth a sweet odour. Pius VI
approved the cultus of Blessed Conrad. His feast
is kept in the Order of Friars Minor
on 19 April.
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APA citation. (1908). Bl. Conrad of Ascoli. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04258c.htm
MLA citation. "Bl. Conrad of Ascoli." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 4. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04258c.htm>.
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