Unique Gifts | St Benedict the Moor on Prayer Cloth (Patron for Black People)
St Benedict the Moor O.F.M. (Italian: Benedetto da San Fratello; 1526 – April 4, 1589). Was an Italian-born African Franciscan friar in Sicily who is venerated as a saint in the Catholic. And commemorated in the Lutheran churches. Born of African slaves in San Fratello.
Benedict accepted the promotion. And successfully helped the order adopt a stricter version of the Franciscan Rule of life. He widely respected for his deep. Intuitive understanding of theology and Scripture. And often sought for counseling. He also had a reputation as a healer of the sick. Combined, these characteristics continued to draw many visitors to him. As he enjoyed cooking, he returned to kitchen duty in his later years.
Benedict died at the age of 65 and, it claimed, on the very day and hour which had predicted. At the entrance of his cell in the Franciscan friary of St. Mary of Jesus, there is a plaque with the inscription: “This is the cell where Saint Benedict lived”, and the dates of his birth and death – 1524 and 1589. Other sources list the year of his birth as 1526. In a New York Times review of the 2012 exhibit, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe, at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland, his birth date given as 1526.
Upon his death, King Philip III of Spain ordered the construction of a magnificent tomb to house his remains in the friary church.