Saint Berard And Companions-16 January 2017

Saint Berard And Companions

The Martyrs of Marrakesch, Franciscan friars

January 16.
Saint Francis considered Saints Berard and his Companions as true Friars Minor because they were willing to lay their lives on the line for the faith. Such heroic virtue inspired Saint Anthony to join the Franciscans. Those who give their lives for the faith today, have also inspired others in the faith for often the faith grows by the blood of martyrs. [continued]

Source: Saint of the Day – Franciscan Media


January 16:

Saint Berard and Companions,

Proto-Martyrs of the Franciscan Order

Today, January 16, we celebrate the feast of Saint Berard and Companions (martyred 1220), the Proto-martyrs of the Franciscan Order. Saint Berard was the superior of Vitalis, Berard, Peter, Adjutus, and Odo, missionaries to Morocco whom we celebrate today. Saint Francis upon hearing of his brother’s deaths was reported to have said, “Now I can truly say that I have five Friars Minor!” The bravery and zeal for the Lord’s truth of these five holy men is commemorated today by the Franciscan Order, and all of the faithful.[read original article]


Berard and his companions were canonized by Pope Sixtus IV in 1481. Their joint feast day is celebrated on 16 January within the Franciscan Order.