St. Gregory Barbarigo

Created cardinal priest in the consistory of April 5, 1660, he received the red hat and the title of S. Tommaso in Parione, June 21, 1660. The body of the cardinal was exhumed in the cathedral of Padua on May 25, 1725, by Bishop Giovanfrancesco Barbarigo, his nephew, and found intact.

About Our Patron Saint (via Catholic.org)

St. Gregory Barbarigo was born in 1625, of a very old and distinguished Venetian family. A brilliant student, he embraced a diplomatic career and accompanied the Venetian Ambassador, Contarini, to the Congress of Munster in 1648. Then he became a priest and was soon thereafter consecrated as the first Bishop of Bergamo by Pope Alexander VII. Later on he was elevated to the rank of Cardinal and also given authority over the diocese of Padua. He guided his flock with pastoral wisdom and deep understanding.

St. Gregory Barbarigo worked unceasingly in carrying out the reforms set forth by the Council of Trent. Through his efforts the seminaries of both Bergamo and Padua were substantially enlarged. At Padua he also added a library and a printing press. He died in 1697. His feast day is June 18th.


Early Life

Born September 16, 1625 into a noble family of Venice, Gregorio was the eldest child of Venetian Senator Giovanni Francesco Barbarigo and Lucrezia Lion (or Leoni), who died on March 19, 1631, of the plague. His father brought home a cousin, Franchesina Lippomani, to look after the children. His baptismal name was Gregorio Giovanni Gasparo.

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The other siblings were Elena, Pietro and Antonio. His last name is also listed as Barbadico and Barbadigo. He was a relative of Cardinal Mercantonio Barbarigo (1686), and the uncle of Cardinal Giovanni Francesco Barbarigo (1719). His father instructed him in philosophy and mathematics, while preceptors taught him Latin and Greek; and he also received the rudiments of music.


Priesthood & Episcopacy

Barbarigo obtained a doctorate in utroque iure, both canon and civil law, on 25 September 1655, and was ordained a priest on 21 December 1655, by Gian Francesco Morosini, the patriarch of Venice. He left for Rome at the end of February 1656, called by Pope Alexander VII, who initiated him into the papal service. He was named a domestic prelate of His Holiness. On 21 April 1656, Fr. Barbarigo was appointed Referendary of the Tribunals of the Apostolic Signature of Justice and of Grace. On 9 June 1665, he was given a canonicate in the cathedral chapter of Padua without the requirement of residence. In 1656, at the request of Pope Alexander VII, he organized the assistance to the Romans in the Trastevere area who had been stricken by the plague.

He was a successful bishop of Bergamo and Pope Alexander VII promoted him to the cardinalate in 1660. In 1664 he was made bishop of Padua. On entering upon his episcopal duties, he strove to model himself on Saint Charles Borromeo.He was a strong supporter of the work of the Council of Trent. He made the seminaries of Padua and of Bergamo larger and added a library and printing press in Padua.


Veneration

Gregorio Barbarigo was beatified by Pope Clement XIII on 6 July 1761, and canonized nearly 189 years later by Pope John XXIII on 26 May 1960. The first saint canonized by Pope John XXIII, John XXIII is said to have felt a close kinship with St. Gregory Barbarigo and maintained a life-long devotion to his work.

In the General Roman Calendar of 1962, he has a third-class feast on 17 June. Nowadays, his feast is celebrated on 18 June.

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