August 7 – Saint Cajetan: Patron Saint of the Unemployed

Saint Cajetan, Patron Saint of  the Unemployed) (Feast Date: August 7)

Extract from Saint Cajetan: “Born to the Venetian nobility. Caytanao studied law in Padua, and was offered governing posts, but turned them down for a religious vocation. Ordained at age 36. In 1522, Cajetan founded a hospital in Venice, Italy for victims of incurable illness. Cajetan was aware of the need of reformation in the Church, and felt called to enter a religious community to serve the sick and poor. On 3 May 1524, with three others, including John Peter Caraffa who later became Pope Paul IV, he formed the Congregation of Clerks Regular (Theatines) at Rome, Italy with the mission of fostering the Church‘s mission and reviving the spirit and zeal of the clergy. Founded a bank to help the poor and offer an alternative to usurers (loan sharks); it later became the Bank of Naples. Known for a gentle game he played with parishioners where he would bet prayers, rosaries or devotional candles on whether he would perform some service for them; he always did, and they always had to “pay” by saying the prayers.”  See also:  August 7 – Saint Cajetan: Patron Saint of the Unemployed. VIDEOS: Aug 07 – Homily: Saint Cajetan, Novena Saint Cajetan.

Saint Cajetan: Patron Saint of the Unemployed (Feast Date: August 7)

Extract from SAINT CAJETAN of THIENA: “Saint Cajetan was born in 1480 at Vicenza near Venice in Italy, of the pious and noble family by the name of Thiena.His great-uncle, who bore the same name as himself and was a Canon of Padua, was considered to be the prince of the theologians of his century; and several prelates and cardinals, as well as governors of Milan and Naples, were of the same line. His parents dedicated Cajetan to our Blessed Lady. From childhood he was remarked for his obedience, his temperance, and his charity towards the poor. A distinguished student, a veritable model for all his peers, he desired a higher perfection and left his native town, where he was in honor, to seek obscurity in Rome. There, however, Pope Julius II, perceiving his merit, named him an apostolic protonotary, a high office. He joined a certain Congregation or Confraternity known as that of Divine Love and, working with its members, introduced frequent Communion in their midst, and elsewhere through their influence. The Pope saw to his ordination, and he then offered many fervent Masses. About that time, on Christmas Eve at the Church of Saint Mary Major, when he entered the church he saw the Holy Mother; She came to him and placed Her divine Infant in his arms. It was also Saint Cajetan who later would introduce the Forty Hours’ Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as an antidote to the heresy of Calvin. . . . When the Germans, under Constable Bourbon, sacked Rome, Saint Cajetan was barbarously scourged to extort from him imaginary riches; his only wealth was his good works, which he had long since securely stored in heaven. When the Saint was on his deathbed, resigned to the Will of God, happy to suffer to satisfy his love, and eager for death to attain to life, he again beheld the Mother of God, radiant with splendor and surrounded by ministering seraphim. Turning Her countenance full of majesty and sweetness upon him, She said, ‘Cajetan, My Son calls you. Let us go in peace.’ Worn out with toil and sickness, he went to his reward in 1547.” See also: Saint Cajetan (Multinlingual),  Saint Cajetan (EN), Fundador de la Orden de Clérigos Regulares (SP), San Gaetano Thiene Sacerdote (IT), SAINT GAÉTAN de THIENNE Fondateur des Théatins (1480-1547) (FR), Święty Kajetan (PO). See PICTURE of Saint Cajetan. VIDEOS: St. Cajetan, Aug 07 – Homily: Saint Cajetan, Saint Cajetan (August 7), 7 de agosto San Cayetano, fundador de los Teatinos. NOVENA to Saint Cajetan Patron of the Unemployed.’



We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Cajetan on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Unemployment in Greece (August 2012) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 13 – August  26, 2012

Unemployment in Australia (August, 2011) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 15 – August 28, 2011.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,

make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.


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