St. Raynerius of Spalatro: Archbishop and Martyr

by: Maestra Sol la Cantor

Raynerius of Spalatro, our Saint of the Day, was born in the early 12th century. He became a member of the Camaldolese Order in Italy. This order was founded in the 11th century. It was the first order to have their members wear a white habit, before the much more famous Dominican order.
Raynerius was a member of the Camaldolese Order for several years before being appointed as the bishop of Cagli in 1156. Almost 2 decades later he was named archbishop of Spalatro. Just 5 years later, there was an upheaval in the city of Spalatro. Angry citizens killed him in 1180. His feast day is August 4t.h.