Capuchin Saints,
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Saints

St. Felix of Cantalice

Felix preached in the street, rebuked corrupt politicians and exhorted young men to stop leading dissolute lives. Felix was a good friend of St. Philip Neri and an acquaintance of Charles Borromeo. Felix developed a reputation as a healer. As he got older, his superior ordered him to wear sandals to protect his health.

St. Felix of Nicosia

Felix was devoted to Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. On Fridays he would contemplate the Passion and death of Jesus Christ. On Fridays during Lent, he fasted on bread and water. He had a particular veneration for the Blessed Sacrament, spending hours in front of the tabernacle, even after having endured the harsh trials of every day.

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

A successful lawyer prior to his entrance into religious life, Fidelis spent much of his time as a friar preaching and teaching among the Calvanists, converting many to the Catholic faith. Incensed at his success in converting their brethren, he was martyred by the Calvanists on April 24, 1622.

St. Bernard of Corleone

Bernard had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and encouraged others in this devotion. His biographers claim that Mary appeared to him and placed Jesus, as an infant, in his arms. It is also claimed that she gave him knowledge of the day of his death four months in advance. He died at Palermo on 12 January 1667.

St. Conrad of Parzham

Conrad loved silence in a special way. His spare moments during the day were spent in a nook near the door where it was possible for him to see and adore the Blessed Sacrament. It was generally believed that he never took any rest, but continually occupied himself in work and exercises of devotion.

St. Crispen of Viterbo

Crispen served as questor, soliciting alms for the community. So fond of him were the local people, that they refused to deal with a replacement. He used to call himself the beast of burden of the Capuchins, and asked by a stranger why he went bare-headed, Crispin answered, that “an ass does not wear a hat.”

St. Francis Mary of Camporossa

In an epidemic of cholera in August 1866 Francis Mary gave his help to the victims of the plague but soon contracted the disease himself and died not too long after. The Genoese people called him, and continue to call him, “Padre Santo” due to his holiness. His remains rest in a chapel at the Immaculate Conception convent.

St. Ignatius of Laconi

Ignatius asked for admission at the Capuchin friary at Cagliari; the superiors initially hesitated because of his delicate health, but later accepted him. Despite his physical infirmities, his ardor allowed him to attend the spiritual exercises of the community and excel in perfection of his observance of the Rule of Saint Francis.

St. Ignatius of Santhia

Ignatius made it his mission to help penitents in the sacrament of Reconciliation and also devoted himself to the care of the ill. He gained a strong reputation for the humble and austere nature of his life in addition to the application of the Franciscan charism in his life which served as a model for thousands.

St. Joseph of Leonessa

As a friar Joseph was remarkable for his great abstinence. “Brother Ass”, he would say to his body, “there is no need to feed thee as a noble horse would be fed: thou must be content to be a poor ass.” In 1599, the year before the Jubilee year, he fasted the whole year by way of preparation for gaining the indulgence.

St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Pope Clement VIII assigned Lawrence the task of converting the Jews in the city. Beginning in 1599, Lawrence established Capuchin monasteries in modern Germany and Austria, furthering the Counter-Reformation and bringing many Protestants back to the Catholic faith. He is a Doctor of the Church.

St. Leopold Mandic

Leopold wanted to be a missionary in Eastern Europe, but spent almost all his adult life in Italy, living in Padua from 1906 until his death. He spent one year in an Italian prison during World War I, since he would not renounce his Croatian nationality. Leopold passed long hours in the confessional and was revered for his patience.

St. Luca Antonio Falcone

Falcone became known for ecstasies during the celebration of Mass and was known for converting the hearts of thousands when he went about preaching. The friar possessed the gifts of visions and bilocation and was invited to start preaching in the Neapolitan region at the behest of Cardinal Francesco Pignatelli.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

Born the son of peasant farmers in Pietrelcina in 1887, Padre Pio was an Italian priest who was known for his piety and charity as well as for the gift of the stigmata, which has never been explained. Pio spent long hours in the confessional and wrote letters to his spiritual children around the world.

St. Seraphim of Montegranaro

Seraphin was distinguished from the first by his unaffected simplicity, mortification, and obedience as well as charity which, towards the poor, knew no bounds. He had a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to Our Lady. Seraphin was endowed with the gift of reading the secrets of hearts, and with that of miracles and prophecy.

St. Veronica Giuliani

Veronica was born in 1660 and entered the Capuchin Poor Clares at Citttidi Castello, Umbria, in 1677. She remained there for the rest of her life and served as novice mistress for thirty-four years. A mystic, she was the recipient of the stigmata in 1697 and visions, the accounts of which are quite detailed.

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