Feast-day: May 1
When did St. Peregrine Laziosi live: 1260- 1345
Biography of St. Peregrine Laziosi:
Peregrine Laziosi was born in Forli, a small city in Italy in 1260 and strived after a career in politics. During an uprising in which the Pope has sent St. Philip to negotiate with Peregrine Laziosi, the latter struck Philipp in the face. Surprisingly, Philipp, instead of starting a fight, offered him the second cheek. This action impressed Peregrine so much that he was instantly converted to Catholicism. Later on, he had a vision and joined the Servites in Siena, then moved back to Forli. When he got cancer and the doctors decided to take off his leg , he spent the night before the operation in prayer. The next day, he was miraculously healed. St. Peregrine died in 1345 and was canonized in 1726.
Patronage of St. Peregrine Laziosi: Saint of women in labor and maternity cases, the coachman; against AIDS, cancer, rheumatism, gout, plague, syphilis, veins and leg disorders
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Peregrine Laziosi - representation, imagery and emblem: St. Peregrine laziosi is shown as a monk with a wound and cross. In his right hand, he holds a book and he carries a cross around his neck.