St. Cajetan, Patron of the Unemployed and of Job-Seekers

Well, today’s saint is someone to admire (and to emulate!) on many counts.

Cajetan  dei Conti di Tiene (1480 – 1547), the Italian priest whose feast day we celebrate today, might have some advice for young high school and college students today:  The saint earned a doctorate in civil and canon law by the age of 24.

Cajetan understood diplomacy:  While still a lay person, he began service as a diplomat for Pope Julius II in 1506.  He continued in that role even after his ordination ten years later, and served until the pope’s death in 1523.

Cajetan had a heart for the sick:  After Pope Julius’ death, Cajetan returned to his native Vincenza where he entered the confraternity of St. Jerome.  This order accepted men from the lowest stations of life; and Cajetan devoted himself to working in hospitals and seeking out the poor and sick.  He founded a hospital for “incurables.”

Cajetan had a heart for the poor.  He founded a bank which later became the Bank of Naples, with the goal of offering the poor an alternative to the loan sharks that would charge exorbitant interest for loans.

Cajetan founded a religious order known as the Theatines.  One of the four men who joined him in his new order, Giovanni Pietro Carafa, went on to become pope (Pope Paul IV).

Cajetan understood his faith.  In 1533, he established a center for opposing the spread of Lutheranism in Naples.  He eventually extended that mission to the city of Verona.

St. Cajetan died on August 7, 1547, and was canonized in 1671, along with Rose of Lima, Luis Beltrán, Francis Borgia and Felipe Benicio.

He is the patron saint of the unemployed, gamblers, document controllers, job seekers, and good fortune.


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  • wondering

    You know, do we hear regular intentions during the prayers of the faithful at mass for financial success ? Do we ever have novenas or eucharistic adoration for such intentions ? How about fasting ? The church leaders are always soliciting funds for things but I don’t recall hearing much prayer directed toward efforts. Oh we might pray for the success of the parish festival fundraiser once a year or something like that, but not on a regular basis like we pray for the sick and poor. Unless prayers for the poor and the occasional prayers for the unemployed are meant to cover it. Just because you pray for material blessings doesn’t mean you’re greedy or selfish. After all didn’t God make us dependent on him ? Asking Him for things and for the gift of good stewardship. and of course thanking Him, acknowledges his Fatherhood and Kingship over us. Just sayin’, as someone who studied economics and business in (Catholic) college and graduate school. Financial problems are so universal and serious that I would think we should use all our spiritual tools to help solve them. Even Jesus said the poor we would always have with us, not to speak of the middle class and others in finanacial predicaments.

    • somnipod

      Prayers of the faithful? Is that the part of the new mass where a layperson gets up and states things and the congregation responds “Lord, hear our prayer” ?

      During the “active participation” madness of the late 1960s after the council when Anibale Bugnini worked (and succeeded) to “remove all shreds of catholicism that may be a barrier to our protestant brethren” from becoming Catholic.

      I propose that arcbishop Bugnini knew that not only would the new mass with its incessant banality and blurring the line between priest and laity Not only would fall in bringing protestants in, but chased many catholics away.