(Italian Catholic Franciscan, Bishop, Theologian and Philosopher)
Born In: Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
Saint Bonaventure was an Italian theologian, philosopher and minister general of the Franciscan order. Throughout his life, he wrote several works on spiritual life and is also known for recodifying his order’s constitution. He had something of a near-death experience as a child and was saved from an untimely death by the prayers of Francis of Assisi. He entered the Franciscan Order at the age of 22. After taking his vows, he was sent to Paris, where he completed his studies under the celebrated doctor named Alexander of Hales. Though Alexander of Hales passed away after some time, Bonaventure continued his studies under John of Rochelle, his successor. During this time, he also became a friend of renowned philosopher Thomas Aquinas. Eventually, he received his degree of Doctor, along with Aquinas. Both Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas were also friends with the holy King, St Louis. Bonaventure was chosen General of his Order, and was able to restore peace, as there were lots of internal conflicts. He died in 1274. Shortly before his death, he also abdicated his office of General of the Franciscan Order.