April 24, 2007

Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Today is also the feast of St. Fidelis, a seventeenth century Capuchin who was famously martyred when he was beaten to death by Calvinists.

One of my favorite memories of my perpetual profession of vows was hearing the cantor sing "Sigmaringen" correctly. Lying face down on the floor for the prostration, I took a little pride at having chosen the right friar to sing the litany of the saints.

The Australian Capuchins have a short biography you can check out here.

Also, despite being dead for almost 400 years, Fidelis maintains a lovely MySpace page, which you can check out here.


Anonymous said...

I think that one of he most stunning places in America is St. Fedelis Church in Victoria, Kansas. Anyone who has driven I-70 across the Sunflower State has seen it. It is visible for miles--a testament to the faith of our pioneer fathers and the Capuchins who served them.

It was named the "Cathedral of the Plains" by William Jennings Bryan, 3-time democratic candidate for president 1896, 1900, 1908 from back when the Democrats were the party of most religious conservatives.

Anonymous said...

I hope that more of these long time dead Capuchins have myspace pages.:-)

Brother Charles said...

I've run across a few Capuchin saints on MySpace: Conrad, Fidelis, Pio.

D'artagnan said...

as long as I don't spy any on eBay (O: