Saint John of Capistrano
About Saint John of Capistrano
Saint John of Capistrano was born in the city of Naples on the 24th
of June in 1386. Saint John of Capistrano struggled early in life due
to his father's untimely death, but he would overcome the grief that he
was stricken with to become a great person. John went to school, and
even went to a university which was not all that common back then. He
studied to become a lawyer at the University of Perugia. Perugia needed
a new governor after John had finished his studies. The people chose
John to take over the position.
John was a fair
leader and only wanted the best for his people. He attempted to keep
them out of war with Malatesta, but that would not really work out for
him. His enemies would capture him and send him to be locked up in
jail. He knew that he would remain in jail for a long time, so John
took his time there alone to get closer to God.
would not be let go for a long time. When he was let out, John was
already thirty years old. After deeply contemplating his life and its
purpose while in captivity, John decided when and if he was released he
would become a religious figure of some sort. This is exactly what John
did once he got out of jail. He became a Franciscan and lived with the
others in their monastery. This was John's life for several years, but
then he knew he needed more. He chose to become a priest. He would
travel for forty years preaching stories of God and his goodness.
put together the army of Christian people from all different countries
that defeated the Turks and their efforts to rid the continent of
Europe of Christianity. Pope Callistus II asked John for help putting
together forces. John not only did the job, but did a magnificent job
doing it. Their 70,000 man force was still outnumbered by the Turks,
but they fought with heart.
Saint John took the leadership role over the forces he assembled. They knew they had less men, but still fought anyway. Their heart would be what earned them a victory in the battle. Saving Christianity from doom on the continent of Europe.
In October of 1456, a few weeks after the battle, Saint John would pass away. His feast day is on October 23rd.
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