St. Robert Bellarmine was a distinguished Jesuit theologian, writer, and cardinal, born in 1542, at Montepulciano. After his ordination, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1560 and became a cardinal in 1598. He had a very active role in the renewal of the Church and defense of the faith in light of the Protestant Reformation. He was the Spiritual Father of St.Aloysius Gonzaga.
He is the Patron Saint of Catechists and Catechumens
O God, who didst adorn blessed Robert, thy Bishop and Doctor, with marvelous learning and virtue to expose the deceptions of error and to defend the rights of the Apostolic See, grant by his merits and intercession, that love for the truth may increase in us, and the souls that do wander may return to the unity of thy Church. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.