Blessed Philip, a contemporary of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, was one
of those who bore witness to the tradition of holiness which the Order has
had since its very beginnings.
The Anonymous Florentine in A Brief Life of Some Hermit Friars
offers the following information concerning Philip:
Friar Philip, who spent his ministry in the city of Piacenza, Italy,
practiced an admirable asceticism. For he used an iron breastplate to subdue
his flesh instead of the wool or haircloth employed by other servants of
God. It was, therefore, fitting for God to work miracles on his behalf.
I heard what I am narrating from Friar Albertino of Cumi, who actually
experienced it. More than once when I was a student at Genoa he told me
how he had recovered from a severe fever by commending himself to both
the renowned miracle worker, Friar Philip, and our patron, Saint Augustine.
Friar Philip also freed Master William of Cremona, the present prior general
of the Order, from an infirmity of the leg. And he conferred the blessing
of health on many other sick people, especially those suffering from melancholy.
All this is well known at the Augustinian monastery in Piacenza.
Philip lived and worked in the Augustinian monastery of Saint Lawrence
in Piacenza, Italy. After his death on 24 May 1306, the people remembered
him for many years. Since the suppression of religious houses in 1808, his
body has been preserved and venerated in the cathedral church of Piacenza.
His feast is celebrated by the Augustinian Family on 20 June.