St. Francis Caracciolo

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/04

Patron Of: Naples, Italy, Association of Italian Cooks

Also known as
    Ascanio Pisquizio

    4 June

    Born to the nobility; related to Saint Thomas Aquinas and to the princes of Naples. Enjoyed hunting. Cured of a leprous-like disease at age 22, he took the cure a miraculous sign for his life. He sold his goods, gave the money to the poor, and went to study theology in Naples, Italy in 1585. Ordained in 1587. Joined the Contraternity of the Bianchi della Giustizia (the White Robes of Justice) whose ministry was with condemned prisoners. With John Augustine Adorno, he founded the Congregation of the Minor Clerks Regular with a ministry to the sick and to prisoners; they received approval from Pope Sixtus V on 1 July 1588, Pope Gregory XIV on 18 February 1591, and Pope Clement VIII on 1 June 1592. Chosen superior of the Congregation at Naples on 9 March 1593; he made sure to daily perform the most menial tasks of the house. Established Congregation houses in Rome, Madrid, Valladolid, and Alcala. Noted for his work for the poor, and as a miracle worker and prophet; he was a popular preacher, and cured by blessing the sick with the sign of the cross. Pope Paul V wished to make him a bishop, but he repeatedly refused, citing the Congregation's vow not to seek any high position in the Church. Near the end of his life he resigned his duties and spent his remaining time as prayerful prior and novice master at Santa Maria Maggiore.

    13 October 1563 at his family's castle at Villa Santa Maria, Abruzzi, Italy as Ascanio Pisquizio

    4 June 1608 at Agnone, Italy of a fever
    relics at Naples, Italy and San Lorenzo in Lucina, Rome, Italy

    4 June 1769 by Pope Clement XIV

    24 May 1807 by Pope Pius VII

    Association of Italian Cooks (chosen in 1996)
    Naples, Italy (chosen in 1838)

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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