St. Warren of Palestrina

Saint Warren of Palestrina
Feast Day: February 6

St. Warren of Palestrina
 St. Warren was born near 1080 in Bologna, Italy to wealthy noble parents.  Sometimes he is referred to as Guarinus, the Latin version of his name.  Warren was a smart boy who loved to read; and as he grew, he felt called to become a priest.  He studied for the priesthood and was ordained at the age of 24 in Bologna.  He later moved to Mortara in northern Italy.  He opted to become a Canon Regular of St. Augustine, yearning for a monastic element to his role as a priest.

St. Warren's Places of Ministry
Warren lived many years in simple holiness – full of prayer and bringing others closer to the Lord. After many years, at the age of about 59, he was elected as bishop of Pavia, a city just a few miles away from Mortara.  Warren felt very unworthy of this appointment, so snuck out of a window to hide and wait until the position was given to someone else.
St. Warren Giving Money to the Poor
Then, in 1144, when Warren was about 64 years old, Pope Lucius II insisted that Warren serve as the cardinal-bishop of Palestrina; a small city about 35 miles east of Rome.  This time Warren obeyed.  The position came with an increased wealth for the holy man, but, he sold all the treasures and gave the money to the poor.  As a cardinal-bishop, St. Warren still felt pulled to embrace a degree of monastic life; he loved his quiet time with God, and avoided much of the community politics.  Warren instead focused on the Lord and leading others to Him.

Palestrina, Italy

Palestrina, Italy
At the age of about 79, Warren’s life was to come to a close.  He spent the last night of his life in deep prayer and contemplation.  He died on February 6, 1159; a night when the sky mysteriously filled with an extraordinary and miraculous light.  Warren was greatly remembered and admired by all in Palestrina for his great humility and generosity.  He was canonized by Pope Alexander III just one year after his death.  St. Warren was buried in the crypt of the Cathedral of Sant’Agapito in Palestrina.  During an invasion of Palestrina in 1473, St. Warren’s remains were hidden and have not been located since.
Cathedral of Sant’Agapito in Palestrina

My Little Grandson - Warren!


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