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Bl. Bartholomew Fanti, Priest (m)

Bl. Bartholomew Fanti
December 05th

A native of Mantua, Italy, he was a Carmelite in the Mantuan Congregation and already ordained priest by 1452. For 35 years in the Carmelite church of his city, he was the spiritual director and rector of the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for whom he wrote a rule and a set of statutes.

Humble and gentle,

he gave an example to everyone of a life of prayer, of generosity and of faithful service of the Lord. He was outstanding for his love of the Eucharist which was the centre of his apostolic life and for his devotion to Mary. He died in 1495.



Bartholomew Fanti was born in Mantua: the year is unknown, but in 1452 he was already a Carmelite priest of the Congregation of Mantua. For thirty-five years at the Order's church in Mantua he was spiritual father and rector of the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for which he composed a rule and statutes. He is especially remembered for his love of the Eucharist. He died in 1495.

Entrance Antiphon - Tit 2:2:12; 1 Cor 16:14
Live temperately, justly and devoutly; do everything with love.

Opening Prayer
Lord God,
you made Blessed Bartholomew Fanti outstanding in his zeal for devotion to the Eucharist and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. May we experience in this regard the same fulness of spirit that was his. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Readings may be taken from the Common of Pastors, or the Common of Saints: for Religious.

Prayer over the Gifts
receive the gifts we offer you through the intercession of Blessed Bartholomew Fanti who offered himself a living and pleasing victim to you. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon - Jn 6:56
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will live in me and I in him.

Prayer after Communion
may this heavenly table strengthen our weakness with the bread of the strong which gave Blessed Bartholomew Fanti
the strength to achieve victory. Grant this through Christ our Lord.


As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."