Prayers, Quips and Quotes: St. Charles Barromeo, Feast Day Nov. 4

St. Charles Borromeo
St. Charles Borromeo

St. Charles Borromeo was born into a noble family in 1528. He was the nephew of Pope Pius IV. When he was twelve he was sent to a Benedictine Abby to be educated.  St. Charles Borromeo is the patron saint of catechists, catechumens and seminarians

St. Charles was an active leader in the Council of Trent. He was ordained a priest while the Council was in progress. That same year he became the Bishop of Milan. At the age of 22, he was named a Cardinal. While serving as the Cardinal of Milan, he enforced the decrees of the Council of Trent. He established seminaries and hospitals. During the plague of 1576, he worked with the sick and helped to bury the dead.   For three months he fed 3000 daily with his own money.  He founded a society for secular priests called the Oblates of St. Ambrose in 1578. It is now known as the Oblates of St. Charles.

St. Charles was very active in the Catholic Reformation, working to rid the church of corruption. He was the teacher and confessor to St. Aloysius Gonzaga.

St. Charles Barromeo died at the age of 46 in 1584.



“The candle that gives light to others must itself be consumed, Thus we also have to act.  We ourselves are consumed to give a good example to others.”

Quote of St. Charles Borromeo


November is the Month of the Holy Souls


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