Book of Saints – Joseph of Leonissa

Saint Joseph of LeonessaArticle

(Saint) (February 4) (17th century) A Capuchin Saint, born in the States of the Church (A.D. 1556), who, having lost both his parents in childhood, gave himself early to God. Humble and charitable to others, yet unsparing of himself, it is related of him that never was he downcast or sad He was sent as a missionary to Turkey, and in particular to comfort and aid, so far as it could be done, the Christian galley-slaves. During his stay among the Infidels he suffered both imprisonment and torture. He returned to Italy to die of a long and painful malady (A.D. 1612). Pope Benedict XIV canonised him in the following century.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Joseph of Leonissa”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 February 2017. Web. 25 March 2017. <>