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Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

​Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Priest, Martyr

(1577 – 1622)

“Woe to me if I should prove myself but a half-hearted soldier in the service of my thorn-crowned Captain.​

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Saint’s Life Story

“Poor Man’s Lawyer”

Mark Rey was born in 1577 in Sigmaringen, Hohenzollern, Germany. Mark’s father, Johannes Rey, was the burgomeister, or local mayor. It is strange that none of his biographers mention his mother. He was educated at the University of Freiburg-im Breisgau, where he also taught philosophy and studied law. He was a tutor from 1604 to 1610 to a large group of aristocrats and travelled all over Europe with them. He earned his doctorate in law. Mark dedicated himself to upholding the rights of the poor and oppressed and was nicknamed “the poor man’s lawyer.”

From Law to Priesthood

Mark gave up law for the religious life. He donated all his wealth to the poor and to needy seminarians.  Mark was ordained and in 1612, became a Franciscan Capuchin monk taking the name Fidelis. Fidelis served as the guardian at various Capuchin houses. He became a successful preacher. Fidelis combined a life of continued service to the poor with an austere lifestyle, spending many hours in prayer, penance, and all-night vigils.

Missionary in Switzerland

Fidelis went with eight other Capuchins and converted many Protestants in Grissons, Switzerland. He was appointed head of the Congregation for Propagation of the Faith. His continued success with the Grissons incurred bitter animosity against him to the point that some local Protestants considered him to be a spy for the Austrian emperor.


While preaching at Seewis on April 24, 1622, he was fired upon,but the assassin missed him. However, on his way back to Grusch, where he preached earlier that day, he was met by 20 Calvinist soldiers with a minister who urged him to embrace Calvinism. Fidelis replied, “The Catholic religion is the Faith of all ages; I fear not death.” When he received a blow upon his head, he arose to his knees, prayed for his persecutors and with the names of Jesus and Mary on his lips, Fidelis was stabbed to death. (Hoever)

Beatified:           March 24, 1729 by Pope Benedict XIII

Canonized:        June 29, 1746 by Pope Benedict XIV

Feast Day:         April 24

Patron Saint:    Lawyers

Saint’s Life Story

If we desire to please God and give Him the gifts he truly desires, we will bring souls to Him, like St. Fidelis. We can do this through prayer, preaching, penance, and living out our daily lives as good Catholic Christians. We must seek to save souls who but for us would otherwise be lost. By offering God these souls, we offer God the jewels of paradise. “And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'” (Romans 10:15).

Source: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest, Religious, and Martyr (


God, You were pleased to adorn St. Fidelis burning with love for You, with the palm of martydom in the propagation of Faith. By his intercession grant that we may be grounded in love, and experience together with him the power of Christ’s Resurrection.  St. Fidelis, pray for us. Amen.

Source: Lives of the Saints – Rev. Hugo Hoever

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, through your intercession before the throne of God, we ask you to fortify all teachers and preachers of the faith to remain faithful to the truth, even to the point of embarrassment, inconvenience, suffering, and death to self.

Source: Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr – My Catholic Life!

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