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St. Francis Caracciolo

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Saint Francis Caracciolo

Confessor

Francis was born with the name Ascanio in the year of Our Lord 1563, to the noble Caracciolo family in Villa Santa Maria, in the Kingdom of Naples. After he was healed from leprosy as a young man, he gave his life to God, became a priest in Naples, and joined an archconfraternity dedicated to helping condemned criminals convert and die in a state of grace. When a letter to another Caracciolo was delivered to Francis by mistake, the saint discerned God’s will at work and responded to the call contained within. He and the letter’s sender, Augustine Adorno, founded a new religious congregation, the Order of Clerics Regular Minor, often called the Caracciolini or the Adorno Fathers. This order is both contemplative and active, with a great devotion to Eucharistic Adoration, and members take a fourth religious vow to avoid seeking ecclesiastical dignities. Francis reluctantly became the general superior in 1593, True to his vow, he refused to ever be made a bishop. After years of devout mortifications, frequent Adoration, and hard work for the order, Francis died in the year of Our Lord 1608. He is honored as a patron of Naples, and of Italian cooks, thanks to his family’s long-standing connection to culinary instruction.

 

Traditional Roman Martyrology for June 4th

AT Agnone, in Abruzzo, St. Francis, of the noble Neapolitan family of the Caracciolos, confessor, and founder of the Congregation of the Minor Clerks Regular, who burned with an admirable love of God and his neighbor, and a most ardent desire to propagate devotion to the most holy Eucharist. His body is religiously honored at Naples. He was inscribed on the catalogue of the saints by Pius VII.

At Rome, the holy martyrs Aretius and Dacian.

At Sisseck, in Illyria, in the time of the governor Galerius, St. Quirinus, bishop. Prudentius relates that for the faith of Christ he was precipitated into a river, with a millstone tied to his neck; but as the stone floated on the water, he exhorted for a long time the Christians who were present not to be terrified by his punishment, nor to waver in the faith, and then God heard his prayers to be drowned, that he might attain to the glory of martyrdom.

At Brescia, St. Clateus, bishop and martyr, under the emperor Nero.

In Pannonia, the holy martyrs Rutilus and his companions.

At Arras, St. Saturnina, virgin and martyr.

At Tivoli, St. Quirinus, martyr.

At Constantinople, St. Metrophanes, bishop and renowned confessor.

At Milevis, in Numidia, St. Optatus, bishop, celebrated for learning and holiness.

At Verona, St. Alexander, bishop.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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