Constantius of Fabriano, Bl.

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Dominican; b. Fabriano, Italy, 1410; d. Ascoli, Feb. 24, 1481. A prior of the Dominican congregation of the strict observance, he was an influential peacemaker and counselor because of his personal holiness and extraordinary gifts. He entered the order at the priory of St. Luke, Ascoli, and was taught by St. antoninus of Florence and by Bl. Conradine of Brescia (d. 1429; feast: Nov. 1), whose life he is said to have written. A professor of theology at Bologna and Florence, he was prior at Fabriano (1440 and 1467), Perugia (1459), and Ascoli (1470). Lives of other Dominican beati and a collection of sermons are also attributed to him. He was buried in Ascoli, but partial relics were deposited in the cathedral of Fabriano, where they are still venerated. His cult was approved by Pius VIII in 1811.

Feast: Feb. 25.

Bibliography: i. taurisano, Catalogus hagiographicus ordinis praedicatorum (Rome 1918) 44. Année Dominicaine, 23 v. (Lyons 18831909) Feb. 2:773780. j. quÉtif and j. Échard, Scriptores Ordinis Praedicatorum (New York 1959) 1.2:858859.

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