Today's Saint

St. Gregory Barbarigo

Born on September 16, 1625, in Venice, Gregory Barbarigo was destined for greatness in service to the Catholic Church. Educated by the Jesuits and later earning a doctorate in law, Gregory’s intellect and piety were evident from a young age. Ordained a priest at 23, he dedicated himself to pastoral ministry, focusing on the spiritual and material well-being of his flock.

In 1660, Gregory was appointed Bishop of Bergamo, where he implemented numerous reforms to combat clerical abuses and promote holiness among the clergy and laity. His efforts earned him a reputation as a zealous shepherd of souls. Later, as Bishop of Padua, Gregory continued his tireless work of pastoral care and reform, prioritizing the spiritual formation of priests and the education of the faithful.

Gregory’s legacy extended beyond his diocesan boundaries. Appointed as a cardinal by Pope Clement X in 1660, he played a pivotal role in the Council of Trent’s implementation and contributed significantly to the formulation of the Catechism of the Council of Trent. His commitment to Church unity and doctrinal clarity strengthened the faith of countless believers.


  • Lesson 1: Shepherd’s Heart: Gregory’s deep concern for the spiritual and material welfare of his flock teaches us the importance of having a shepherd’s heart in pastoral ministry. His compassionate leadership and pastoral care remind us to prioritize the well-being of others, especially the most vulnerable, in our service to the Church and community.
  • Lesson 2: Holiness and Reform: Gregory’s dedication to reform within the Church demonstrates the transformative power of holiness in fostering renewal and revival. His proactive approach to addressing clerical abuses and promoting spiritual renewal challenges us to pursue holiness in our own lives and work for the reform of the Church where needed.

Prayer to Saint Gregory Barbarigo:

O holy Saint Gregory Barbarigo, shepherd of souls and champion of reform, intercede for us before the throne of God. Inspire us with your zeal for pastoral care and reform, that we may emulate your example in serving the Church and advancing the Kingdom of God. Amen.

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