The Local Pastoral Area is named after St Bonaventure and his feast day is on 15th July. Bonaventure was born in Bagnoregio, a town in central Italy. As a young boy he was cured of a serious illness through the prayers of Francis of Assisi.
Later in Paris he studied the liberal arts. Inspired by Francis and the example of the friars, he entered the Franciscan Order and later became a teacher of theology in the university. Alexander of Hales, Bonaventure’s master in theology, was a especially influential. In 1257 Bonaventure was chosen as minister general of the Order. Bonaventure helped bring the Order back to a deeper love of the way of St Francis. He did this by writing about the life of Francis at the behest of the brothers and other works which explained the idea and way of life of the Order.
Bonaventure, Franciscan, theologian, doctor of the Church, was both learned and holy. Due to the spirit which filled him and his writings, he was at first called the Devout Doctor. In recent centuries he has been known as the Seraphic Doctor because of the truly Francisan spirit he possessed.
Bonaventure, Bishop of Albano, died on 15th July, 1274 during the Second Council of Lyons. An unknown chronicler provides his impression of the Franciscan cardinal: A man of eminent learning and eloquence, and of outstanding holiness, he was known for his kindness, approachableness, gentleness and compassion. Full of virtue, he was beloved of God and man.