About St. Paschal Baylon
“The Saint of the Holy Eucharist”
Born at Torre Hermosa in the Kingdom of Aragon, in the year 1540, St. Paschal Baylon spent his early childhood as a shepherd. While tending to his flock, he would carry a book with him and beg those who he met to teach him the alphabet. In a short time, he learned how to read.
He led the solitary life of a shepherd until he was about 24 years of age. When he decided to become religious, he avoided the rich monasteries. In 1564, he entered among the Reformed Franciscans in the Kingdom of Valencia and insisted upon becoming simply a lay brother. For 28 years, he lived a perfect life in the Austere Order, where he made the choice of a life of poverty and constant prayer.
St. Paschal Baylon was characterized by intense devotion to our Lord in the Holy Eucharist Toward the end of his life, he frequently spent a great part of the night in prayer before the altar. He had a single devotion towards the Blessed Virgin. He died on May 17, 1592.