St. Francis Caracciolo

St. Francis Caracciolo

St. Francis CaraccioloFrancis was born on October 13, 1563, in Italy. At one point in his life he contracted leprosy, but after being miraculously medication, he swore himself to the service of God. He committed apart all his worldly goods and left for Naples in 1585 to study theology.

After being legislated a clergyman in 1587, he entered the confraternity of the Bianchi della Giustizia( The white drapes of Justice) who ministered to hostages who were condemned to death. By providence, he got a letter from Giovanni Agostino Adorno mean for another person of the same name, seeking him to assist in founding a new religious association. He assisted in writing up the rules for the parish and Sixtus V approved for use on July 1, 1588. Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was stopped and the monks continually rehearsed mortification. Francis was chosen general of the first home of the parish in Naples in 1593, which was announced St. Mary Major’s. He traveled to Spain three times to establish feet and opened the house of the Holy Ghost in Madrid in 1599. On his second jaunt, he built Our Lady of the Annunciation at Valladolid and then in 1601, on his third excursion, he opened local schools for teaching science called St. Joseph at Alcala.

Francis remained humble throughout “peoples lives”. Even though Pope Paul V hoped Francis to be a bishop, Francis was not interested. He are ill and died on the vigil of Corpus Christi in Agnone on June 4, 1608 at the young age of forty-five.


Francis Caracciolo was beatified by Pope Clement XIV in 1769 and canonized by Pope Pius VII in 1807. He was chosen patron saint of the city of Naples in 1838.


Heavenly Father, we pray that we might be like St. Francis Caracciolo in reveal our love and expressed appreciation for all Your favors by living our lives for You. May the Holy Spirit live always in our souls, and may we returning exaltation to Your Holy Name through our words and deeds. Amen.

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