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Saint Andrew Corsini

Saint Andrew Corsini
  • Century: 14th Century
  • Patronage: Invoked Against Riots, Invoked Against Civil Unrest
  • Feast Day: February 4th

St. Andrew Corsini was born in Florence, Italy on November 30, 1302.  He was a member of the Illustrious Corsini family.  He was a wild youth, and finally his mother got through to him about the seriousness of life.  He became a Carmelite Monk in his native city of Florence, and began a life of mortification.  He studied at Paris and Avignon.  

He was regarded as a prophet and a miracle worker.  On his return to Florence from studying in Paris, he became known as the “Apostle of Florence”.  He was called to become the Bishop of Fiesole, which he did not want.  He fled to another town, but was found and subsequently accepted the honor and became the Bishop of Fiesole.  He lavished the poor with his care, and continued to be a prophet and a miracle worker for his Diocese.  He was known everywhere as a peacemaker, and worked wonders to heal the breaches between the nobility and the people.  

He remained Bishop of Fiesole for twelve years, and died in 1373 at the age of seventy-one.  While celebrating the midnight Mass on Christmas Eve of that year, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and told him he would leave this world on the Feast of the Epiphany, to meet God.  It did come to pass, and he died on that day.  Miracles were so great at his death that Pope Eugene IV permitted a public veneration immediately upon his death.  But it was not until 1629 that Pope Urban VIII canonized him.  He feast day has always been kept on the February 4th.  Many miracles continue to happen for those that invoke his intercession.  

Practical Take Away

St. Andrew Corsini was from Florence, Italy.  He was a wild youth that came to a conversion and enter the Carmelite Order in Florence as a Monk.  He went to study in
Rome and returned to Florence.  He became well known as a prophet and a miracle worker.  It wasn’t long until he was chosen to be the Bishop of Fiesole.  He didn’t want to go, but accepted to better serve the Church.  He shepherded his people by caring for the poor and working miracles.  He also became known as a peacemaker.  The miracles at the time of his death were so many, that the Pope permitted public veneration immediately upon his death.  Those miracles continue today, for those that seek his intercession.