Nicholas Paglia, Bl.
NICHOLAS PAGLIA, BL.
Disciple of St. dominic, preacher, founder of priories at Trani, Perugia, and, perhaps, Todi; b. Giovinazzo, near Bari, Italy, 1197; d. Perugia, Italy, Feb. 11, 1255. While studying law in bologna, he heard Dominic preach (1218) and joined the Dominican Order. He was twice provincial of the Roman province (1230–35 and in 1255). In 1231 gregory ix appointed him to reform the overly strict Benedictine monks of sant' antimo. He was present (1233) at the translation of Dominic's body. Prudent, charitable, and compassionate, especially to fellow religious, as superior he preached fraternal charity and joy and asked for willing, loving obedience. His relics repose under the high altar in Perugia. leo xii beatified him on March 26, 1828. He is pictured, once by Fra Angelico (see fiesole, guido da), with rods (authority), a book (learning), and church models (founder).
Feast: Feb. 14.
Bibliography: b. andriani, Il Beato Nicola Paglia da Giovinazzo (Molfetta 1959). a. walz, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, ed. j. hofer and k. rahner, 10 v. (2d, new ed. Freiburg 1957–65) 7:996–997. g. cappelluti, Beato Nicola Paglia O. P. di Giovinazzo (Molfetta 1967). d. maldarelli, Maria SS. di Corsignano, Beato Nicola Paglia O. P. (Molfetta 1968).