Book of Saints – Saint Benedict Labre

portrait of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre by Antonio Cavallucci, 1795, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MassachusettsArticle

April 16

Benedict Joseph Labre was born in France in 1748. He received a good education under the care of his pious parents and his uncle, a priest in the town of his birth.

At the age of sixteen he tried to join the Trappists, but was rejected. Then he was with the Carthusians for six weeks. He took to the life of a pilgrim, living on alms and practicing poverty.

Benedict made pilgrimages to many of the great shrines of Europe. He spent the last years of his life in Rome, visiting various churches.

Benedict loved the Bible and always carried a copy with him. In all his travels he tried to keep before him the sufferings of Jesus and Mary.

He died in 1783 in his favorite church of Our Lady of the Mountains in Rome, while those attending him said the invocation of the litany of the dying: “Holy Mary, pray for him.”

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Benedict Labre”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 January 2019. Web. 19 September 2019. <>