Book of Saints – Francis Caracciolo

18th century illustration of Saint Francis Caracciolo; artist unknown; uploaded by MaryHenryettaCarson; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) (June 4) (17th century) Saint Francis (Ascanius) of the illustrious Caracciolo family, was born near Naples A.D. 1563. When at the age of twenty-two thought to be dying of a terrible skin disease, he vowed, should he recover, to devote his life to God and his neighbour, in the Ecclesiastical state. Ordained priest, he set about his work in company with two other devout clerics. After an unsuccessful attempt to begin it in Spain, he founded his Order (that of the Lesser Regular Clerks) in Italy, where, favoured by the Holy See, it speedily prospered. Saint Francis’s own life was one of uninterrupted prayer and penance. He died while engaged in Mission work in a town of the Abruzzi, A.D. 1608, whence his body was brought back to Naples, where it is now venerated. He was canonised two hundred years later by Pope Pius VII. Saint Francis is represented holding in his hand a Monstrance, the Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament being a special devotion in his Institute.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Francis Caracciolo”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2018. Web. 17 January 2019. <>