He quickly earned doctorates in civil and canon law, and, following his ordination, received influential posts at the Vatican. He became a cardinal at age 22.
But Charles also believed that Christians should practice what they preach. Despite his prestigious positions and extensive education, he made a commitment to use his talents and time to help those in need. Charles founded schools and hospitals for the poor, and, during the plague outbreak in Milan in 1576-8, worked among the sick and dying. He used his own funds to provide food for the hungry, trying to feed 60,000 to 70,000 people daily.
He died in 1584, at age 46.
St. Charles Borromeo's feast day is November 4.
On this day in 1564, Charles Borromeo received his pallium as archbishop of Milan, Italy.
- Little Black Book, Diocese of Saginaw