Blessed Antonio Lucci-27th July

Today Christians Honor Blessed Antonio Lucci


His feast day is observed on 24 July by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Foggia-Bovino (after a merger of the two in the late 20th century) and among the Conventual Franciscans friars.(Wikipedia)

Blessed Antonio Lucci

Blessed Antonio Lucci (1682-1752)
Image: Tinh Tham

(Franciscan Media) Born in Italy Agnone a city famous for manufacturing bells and copper crafts, he was given the name Angelo at Baptism.

Angelo attended the local school run by the ‘Conventual Franciscans’ and joined them at the age of 16, completing his studies for the Priesthood in Assisi where he was Ordained in 1705 — Further studies led to him receiving his Doctorate in Theology and appointments as Teacher in Agnone, Ravello and Naples.

Fr. Lucci was elected Minister Provincial in 1718 and the following year he was appointed Professor at ‘St. Bonaventure College’ in Rome, a position that he held until Pope Benedict XIII selected him as Bishop of Bovino in 1729

Pope Benedict XIII said of Fr. Lucci: “I have chosen as Bishop of Bovino and eminent theologian and a Great Saint.”

Bishop Lucci’s 23 years in his position were marked by visits to local Parishes and a renewal of Gospel Living among the people of his Diocese — Bishop Lucci dedicated his episcopal income to works of education and charity. At the urging of the ‘Conventual Minister General’  Bishop Lucci wrote a major book about the Saints and Blesseds in the first 200 years of the Conventual Franciscans.

In 1989 Pope Saint John Paul II Beatified Bishop Lucci, three years after his close friend St. Francis Fasani was Canonized.

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