Serafino Cavalli

Serafino Cavalli (died 1578) was the Master of the Order of Preachers from 1571 to 1578.


A native of Brescia, Cavalli served as a member of the Holy Office under Pope Paul IV.[1] Upon Paul IV's death in 1559, he was nearly killed by a mob that stormed the Vatican.[1] He accompanied his predecessor as Master of the Order of Preachers, Vincenzo Giustiniani during his visitation of Spain and at the Council of Trent.[1]

Cavalli was elected Master of the Order of Preachers at the Dominican chapter of 1571, presided over by Pope Pius V.[1] During his time as master, he completed a visitation of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Lombardy, the Kingdom of France, and the Low Countries.[1] In 1577, he visited Spain and the Kingdom of Naples.[1]

He died in Seville in 1578.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Benedict M. Ashley, The Dominicans, ch. 5
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Vincenzo Giustiniani
Master of the Order of Preachers
Succeeded by
Paolo Constabile

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