|St. Jean-Francois Regis, SJ (1597-1640)
Update: Regis soundly defeated Brebeuf in an epic back and forth battle during the first round. The lead changed hands regularly and it’s clear that he’s got some very dedicated supporters, but are they tiring out?Jean Francois was born in the south of France in 1597 and entered the Jesuit novitiate at age 19. His enthusiasm for the faith was contagious and he strived for the conversion of the French Huguenots. He is a major player thanks to his courageous work with people suffering from bubonic plague. His skill as a preacher and evangelist were second to none, and he was known to convert entire crowds to the faith in one fell swoop!Regis should not be overlooked because of his skinny and often infirm constitution. He is fiery, courageous, and “has heart,” which makes him a serious threat to those more established/well known saints. He’s got a horse in this race, and you’d better believe it!
|St. Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621)
Update: Can Bellarmine withstand the onslaught of Regis and his fans after defeating Campion in the first round? Brebeuf put up a heck of a fight. Perhaps the battle weary Regis fans might not be ready for the more refreshed Bellarmine crowd?One of the most loyal defenders of the Church during the Reformation, Robert Bellarmine stood out to the recruiters in the minor leagues during his philosophy and theology studies. After ordination, he started a new franchise as he served as the first professor of theology at Louvain and taught courses aimed at answering the challenges of Luther and Calvin.No stranger to controversy, he worked in Rome, first at the Roman College (the Gregorian University), then as an author before he was named rector of the university and provincial of the province of Naples. The honors kept coming: first he made the league All Star team as cardinal, then the Olympic team as archbishop of Capua. In the later part of his life, he switched from player to coach: his evident holiness edified many people through his spiritual works, and shortly before his death many church officials visited him and asked him to pray for them in heaven.