He was born to a noble family in Catalonia.  When he was 20 years old he taught philosophy at Barcelona and accepted no remuneration.  At age thirty he went to Bologna to study canon and civil law.  There he received his doctorate.  The Bishop of Barcelona made him a canon, archdeacon, and vicar-general on his return to Barcelona.  Later he entered the Order of St. Dominic .  He zealously worked for the conversion of Moors and Jews.  He wrote a treatise for the instruction of confessors.  The Pope appointed to several positions in the Apostolic Palace, including to be his confessor.  He wrote many other great papers and held many others positions.  He died in 1275 at 100 years of age.

FEAST DAY- January 7

PATRON OF- Sanctity and learning