Bernardine of Siena, Digital Photograph, Jordan Hainsey, 2013

Bernardine of Siena

Bernardine was the greatest preacher of his time. Born in the 12th century, Bernardine journeyed across Italy calming strife-torn cities, and refuting the paganism he found rampant. At 22, he entered the Franciscan Order and for almost a dozen years he lived in solitude and prayer, but his gifts ultimately caused him to be sent to preach. Always traveling on foot, he would speak in one place for hours on end.

Known for his devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, Bernardine devised a symbol—IHS, the first three letters of the name of Jesus in Greek, in Gothic letters on in blazing sun. The devotion spread, and the symbol began to appear in churches, homes and public buildings. 

When Bernardine died in 1444, there were over  4,000 friars in his community. Bernardine is the patron saint of public relations for ability to communicate.

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