St. Giles Mary of St. Joseph

Saint Giles Mary of Saint Joseph’s Story

Italiano: Effigie di F. Egidio da S. Giuseppe Laico professo de’ Minori Scalzi, opera di Giuseppe Gnaccarini da un disegno di Giuseppe Rossi

In the same year that a power-hungry Napoleon Bonaparte led his army into Russia, Giles Mary of Saint Joseph ended a life of humble service to his Franciscan community and to the citizens of Naples.

Francesco was born in Taranto to very poor parents. His father’s death left the 18-year-old Francesco to care for the family. Having secured their future, he entered the Friars Minor at Galatone in 1754. For 53 years, he served at St. Paschal’s Hospice in Naples in various roles, such as cook, porter, or most often as official beggar for that community.[…]

Saint Giles Mary of Saint Joseph