Blessed Antonio Lucci – Franciscan Media-27 July 2017


Also known as

  • Angel of the Poor (references to him as bishop)
  • Angelo Nicola Lucci



The son of Francesco Lucci, a cobbler and coppersmith, and Angela Paolantonio, he was raised in a pious home, taught by Franciscans, and developed a devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary. Angelo joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventuals in his teens, making his solemn vows in 1698 and taking the name Brother Antonio. He studied rhetoric, logic and philosophy at the Franciscan houses in the Italian cities of VenafroAlvito and Aversa, and then theology in Agnone and Fasani; Antonio said he was grateful for his studies as the discipline required for them helped him get a quick temper under control. Ordained a priest on 19 September 1705 in AssisiItaly. Noted theologianbiblical scholarteacher and preacher. Doctor of theology in 1709. Regent and professor at the Franciscan school in RavelloItaly from 1709 to 1712. Regent and professor at the Franciscan San Lorenzo school in NaplesItaly from 1713 to 1718Franciscan Provincial in 1718. Regent and professor at the College of Saint Bonaventure in RomeItaly from 1719 to 1729Writer on matters of theologyphilosophy and history. At the request of Pope Benedict XIII, he became a theological consultant to the Holy Office, consultant to the Lateran synod, and wrote against Jansenism for Benedict XIII.

Source: Blessed Antonio Lucci