Saint Thomas of Villanova was born about 1486 in Spain. Died in Valencia on September 8, 1555. He entered the Order and was professed on November 25, 1517. On December 24, 1518 he was ordained priest. In 1544 Charles V nominated him to the See of Valencia. Though he tried to decline, his provincial ordered him to accept. On October 10, 1544, Pope Paul III made the appointment. He was beatified on October 7, 1618 by Paul V and canonized on November 1, 1658 by Alexander VII.