May 11

Saint Ignatius of Laconi

Religious, 1701 - 1781

Ignatius Peis-Sanna (baptized Vincent) was born December 18, 1701 in Laconi, Sardinia. His large family lived on a small farm and every child was needed to work but Vincent seemed more interested in praying than farming.  He joined the Capuchins in 1721. For almost forty years he served as quaestor begging alms in Cagliari, highly esteemed for his humility and charity, and adorned with many gifts from God. To those who came to him for comfort, he would advise, "Trust God."  In numerous instances, God's healing power was channeled through this "apostle of the streets."  Although blind for the last two years of his life, Ignatius was still actively engaged in ministry until just a few months before his death in 1781.

Pope Pius XII beatified him on June 16, 1940 and canonized him on October 21, 1951.


Lord God, you led Saint Ignatius along the way of humility, innocence, and fraternal charity to the heights of sanctity. Help us to imitate his virtues and to practice charity on earth with word and deed. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.