Ugolino attracted people of his day by his interesting way of life.
Ugolino was born toward the beginning of the thirteenth century in either
Gualdo Cattaneo (Perugia), Italy, not far from Foligno, or Bevagna, Italy.
He joined the Augustinians and lived as a hermit.
He practiced a rigorous spiritual life, marked by frequent fasts, lengthy
prayer, and strict silence. One of the hermitages he dwelled in for a long
time was that of Saint John near Bevagna. In 1258 the townspeople of Gualdo
desired to have in their midst this model of holiness, so they approached
the Benedictine monks of Saint Pancratius in Rome and asked them to give
to the Gualdo community, and, by its mediation, to the Augustinians, a little
monastery and church that the Benedictines owned there but had left abandoned
for some time. Blessed Ugolino accepted this former Benedictine monastery
in Gualdo and introduced the Augustinian way of life there, becoming the
new community’s first prior. His stay there was brief, however, for
he died on 1 January 1260, and was buried in the monastery church, renamed
the church of Saint Augustine.
Immediately after his death the people of Gualdo began to frequent his
tomb and invoke his intercession. In 1262 his remains were transferred to
the mother church of Saints Anthony and Antoninus for protection from devotees
of Bevagna who wished to claim them as their own.
His feast is celebrated by the Augustinian Family on 8 January.