An image of a priest studying, as St. Charles Borromeo was known for establishing seminaries.

St. Charles Borromeo

Feast Day: November 4

Mass Readings

Patron Saint of…

Quotes and Social Media Graphics

St. Charles Borromeo came from a wealthy family. He is known for his work with the Council of Trent and reforms such as stopping the sale of indulgences and creating seminaries to educate priests. When the plague hit Milan, he used much of his wealth to feed and care for the victims.

Patron Saint of …

St. Charles Borromeo is the patron saint of those suffering from ulcers and intestinal issues, seminarians, bishops, spiritual directors, and apple orchards.

Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

In addition to the suggested readings below, the readings may also be taken from the weekday readings or the Common of Pastors.

  • First ReadingRomans 3:3-13: “Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 89: “For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.”
  • Gospel John 10:11-16: “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.”

Quotes and Social Media Graphics

Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise

St. Charles Borromeo

Remembering Him

Learn more about how this Italian bishop played an important role in the Council of Trent. And how Pope John XXIII had a special devotion to this saint.

What Was the Council of Trent?

Learn about the reforms of this Council and how it was prompted by the Protestant Reformation.


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