|Saint Justin de Jacobis|
|Born||9 October, 1800, San Fele, Italy|
|Died||31 July, 1860, Hebo, Ethiopia|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Canonized||1975 by Pope Paul VI|
He was born at San Fele, Province of Potenza in southern Italy. On 17 October, 1818, he entered the Congregation of the Lazarists at Naples, took vows there on 18 October, 1820, and was ordained priest at Brindisi on 12 June, 1824. After spending some time in the care of souls at Oria and Monopoli, he became superior, first at Lecce, then at Naples.
In 1839 he was appointed first Prefect Apostolic of Ethiopia and entrusted with the foundation of Catholic missions in that country. After laboring with great success in Ethiopia for eight years, he was made titular Bishop of Nilopolis in 1847, and shortly afterwards Vicar Apostolic of Abyssinia, but he refused the episcopal dignity until it was finally forced upon him in 1849. Despite imprisonment, exile and every other kind of persecution from the local Ethiopian Church, he founded numerous Catholic missions, built schools in Agame and Akele Guzay, Eritrea for the training of a native clergy, founding the beginnings of the Ethiopian Catholic Church.
Today his tomb is visited by both Christians and Muslims.
- "Blessed Justin de Jacobis". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08578a.htm.
- Devin, A., (English trans by Lady Elizabeth Herbert of Lea), Abyssinia and its Apostle (biography) (1867) London: Burns and Oates.
- edition of A. Devin biography
- Saints of July 31: Justin of Jacobis