He was made a bishop, then a Cardinal, and finally the chief enforcer of the faith, showing a great zeal against heresy.
And then he was elected Pope.
During his pontificate, his personal holiness shone brightly even as he was involved in great and sometimes controversial endeavors to help build up the Church and its people in an age that was violently opposed to it.
Pope Pius V died early in the seventh year of his pontificate 436 years ago tomorrow. He was canonized in 1712.
(from an earlier post)