blessed james of cerqueto

Blessed James was one of the many Augustinians in the first century of the Augustinian Order who lived the Augustinian ideal with fervor and great consistency.

James, who was born in Cerqueto around 1284, became an Augustinian in the monastery of Perugia, Italy. Tradition tells us that he was a religious “of regular observance, strict abstinence, diligent prayer, and spotless virginity.”

He died in Perugia on 17 April 1367 in his eighties while praying before the altar of the Virgin. His body was transferred from the church of Saint Augustine in Perugia to his native town, Cerqueto, in 1956.

His memory is celebrated by the Augustinian Family on 31 October.