Category Archives: Lawyer-Saints

Saint John Roberts: Law Student, Priest, Martyr

One of the Forty Saints of England and Wales canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI bore the same name as the current Chief Justice of the United States. This earlier John Roberts was a Welshman, born and raised as … Continue reading

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Edmund Campion: Priest, Martyr, Historian, Poet, Playwright, Professor

When Pope Paul VI canonized the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales in 1970, one name stood out. That was Edmund Campion, who was an historian, a poet, a playwright, a professor, a priest, a renowned homilist, and a martyr. … Continue reading

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Francis de Sales: Lawyer, Reformer, Saint

Francis de Sales (1567-1622) was one of the leading figures in the Catholic Reformation. In his book,¬†True Reformers: Saints of the¬†Catholic Reformation, on which I have drawn extensively for this post, Jerome Williams characterizes de Sales as “an accomplished and … Continue reading

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Fidelis of Sigmaringen: A Patron Saint of Lawyers

If asked to identify the patron saint of lawyers, most people would probably name Thomas More, the “Man For All Seasons” of Robert Bolt’s well-known play. But throughout the ages, perhaps because of the great number of lawyer-saints, a number … Continue reading

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Saint Cajetan: Protector of the Sick and the Poor

Gaetano del Conti di Tiene, better known as St. Cajetan, was born in 1480 in Vicenza, in the Republic of Venice in Italy. His parents were members of the local nobility and Cajetan received an excellent education, culminating in a … Continue reading

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LAWYERS WHO BECAME SAINTS: A NEW SERIES

Lawyers have not fared very well in most English translations of the Bible. We find, for example, this denunciation in the Gospel of Luke: “Woe … to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you … Continue reading

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