Isidore the Farmer

c. 1070-1130

Saint Isidore Catholic Church (Bloomingdale, Illinois) – stained glass, St. Isidore the Farmer – detail. (Photo by Nheyob – This file is licensed under the Creative Commons)

A humble peasant born near Madrid, Spain, Isidore married and worked the same fields all his life. The couple was said to have lived celibately after their young son died. Always devout, Isidore visited church on his way t work, prayed while ploughing and made local pilgrimages. Legends associate him with miraculous feedings of birds and a crowd of poor men. He was canonized in the august company of Ignatius Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila and Philip Neri.

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