St. Bernardino Realino was born into a noble family ofposition of auditor and lieutenant general.
1530. After receiving a thorough and devout Christian education at
the hands of his mother, he went on to study medicine at the Capri, Italy , but after three years
he switched to law and received his doctorate in 1563. Word of his
learning, dedication, and legal brilliance spread rapidly, and in 1554 he was
summoned to University
of Bologna Naples to
Shortly afterward, his exemplary young man came to the realization that he had a religious vocation and, aided by our Lady's appearance to him, joined the Society of Jesus, being ordained in 1567. For three years he labored unstintingly at
devoting himself wholeheartedly to the service of the poor and the youth, and
then he was sent to Lecce where
he remained for the last forty-two years of his life.
St. Bernardino won widespread recognition as a result of his ceaseless apostolic labors. He was a model confessor, a powerful preacher, a diligent teacher of the Faith to the young, a dedicated shepherd of souls, as well as Rector of the Jesuit college in
Lecce and Superior of
the Community there. His charity to the poor and the sick knew no bounds and
his kindness brought about the end of vendettas and public scandals that
cropped up from time to time.
So greatly was this saint loved and appreciated by his people that in 1616, as he lay on his death bed the city's magistrates formally requested that he should take the city under his protection. Unable to speak, St. Bernardino bowed his head. He died with the names of Jesus and Mary on his lips. His feast day is July 2nd
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