Damian of Finario, Bl.

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Dominican; b. near Finario (Genoa), Italy, c. 1400;d. Reggio (near Modena), 1484. Very little is recorded of Damian. He is said to have been kidnapped as an infant by a lunatic and to have had his hiding place revealed by a miraculous light. He entered the Dominican order, probably at Finario, and became renowned as a preacher in Lombardy and Liguria. In 1441 he was at the convent of San Marco, Florence. His writings include collections of sermons and meditations. After his death many miracles were attributed to his intercession. Pius IX confirmed his cultus in 1848.

Feast: Oct. 26.

Bibliography: j. quÉtif and j. Échard, Scriptores Ordinis Praedicatorum 1.2:808. Année Dominicaine, 23 v. (Lyons 18831909) Oct. 2:735738. a. mercati and a. pelzer, Dizionario ecclesiastico 1:805. a. butler, The Lives of the Saints 4:207. v. koudelka, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche 2 3:138.

[m. j. finnegan]