Blessed Julian of VallePriest and Religious (died c. 1349)
Julian Cesarello, of Valle d’Istria, Croatia (near Porec), entered the Franciscan Order at an early age and became a priest, serving in his native city for the rest of his life. He was remembered as a deeply contemplative man who observed the Franciscan rule with extraordinary fidelity. Julian was a gifted preacher who labored fervently to refute the heresies of his day. He was a peacemaker who repeatedly wrought the reconciliation of enemies, quelling political conflicts in Valle. Following his death, his tomb became the site of numerous miracles wrought through his intercession. In art he is depicted with a cross in his right hand and a Gospel book in his left, both symbolic of his labors as a preacher. Julian is commemorated on May 1 in the 2004 Roman Martyrology.