St Fidelis was born at Sigmaringen in Germany in 1578. He was a lawyer, and then entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin at Freiburg in Breisgau. He lived a life of prayer and penance, and gained a great reputation as a preacher. He was sent by the newly-formed Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith to preach the Protestants in Switzerland, where he was put to death by a group of fanatics in 1622.
Father, you filled Saint Fidelis with the fire of your love and gave him the privilege of dying that the faith might live. Let his prayers keep us firmly grounded in your love,
and help us to come to know the power of Christ’s resurrection. Through Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.