Augustine Kažotić, Bl.
AUGUSTINE KAŽOTIĆ, BL.
Dominican bishop; b. Trogir, Dalmatia, c. 1260; d. Lucera, Apulia, Aug. 3, 1323. He entered the Order of Preachers at an early age and in 1286 was studying at the University of Paris. On returning to Dalmatia he founded several convents and undertook missions in Italy, Bosnia, and Hungary. benedict xi consecrated him bishop of Zagreb, Croatia (1303). He restored discipline in his diocese and fostered learning, particularly in Biblical studies. Miladin, governor of Dalmatia, against whose tyranny he had protested, defied and persecuted him. In 1317 john xxii transferred him to the See of Lucera in Apulia, where he died in the Dominican convent he had founded. He was venerated for his charity to the poor and for his gift of healing, and was accorded public honor soon after his death; in 1702 Clement XI confirmed his cult.
Feast: Aug. 3 (Dominicans).
Bibliography: j. quÉtif and j. Échard, Scriptores Ordinis Praedicatorum, 5v. (Paris 1719–23); continued by r. coulon (Paris 1909–); repr. 2v. in 4 (New York 1959) 1.2:553. a. butler, The Lives of the Saints 3:255–256. a. walz, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche 2 1:1103.
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