Blessed Hugh Zefferini
Hugh Zefferini (1320?-1367?) was known for his commitment to ministry and devotion to prayer.
He was born in Cortona, Arezzo, Italy around 1320. Civil strife forced the family to flee to Mantua when Hugh was still a baby.
Hugh became a page at the court of the Gonzagas, but did not find the life of the court to his liking.
An Augustinian Friar from the Monastery of Saint Agnes in Mantua became his mentor and spiritual guide, giving much support.
Hugh left the court and joined the Augustinians in 1336. He returned to Cortona as a Priest in 1354. There he dedicated himself to ministry. In the last years of his life he became a hermit, spending his time in solitude and prayer.
He died around 1367. The people of Cortona, recognizing the holiness of his life, named him their patron and protector in 1508. His remains are preserved in the Church of Saint Augustine in Cortona.