Benedict the Moor (Black), Saint (d. 1589): Black Catholic History Month on Angels Do Speak!®

St. Benedict the Moor on Angels Do Speak!®

Benedict the Moor, he is also called Benedict the Black’s Feast Day is April 4. He was a black slave and the Patron Saint for African-Americans. The word Moor is Italian for “Black”. Benedict the Black was born a slave in Italy and freed be became superior to a large group of recluses that was disbanded by Pope Pius IV (r. 1559-1565).

Benedict the Black was illiterate and entered the Franciscans as a lay brother. He was still named superior of the monastery, despite the illiteracy.

Benedict the Black had countless miracles and holiness and many people visited the monastery as a result.

Benedict the Black was canonized 1807.



Bunson, Matthew, Bunson, Margaret, Bunson, Stephen (1998).  Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of SAINTS. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division.


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