Brother Giovanni Leonardi


Born at Lettere, a town near Naples, in the latter part of the sixteenth century. From boyhood he was a fervent client of Our Lady of the Rosary, and worshippers in the parish church of Lettere saw him every day prostrate for hours before the altar of the Blessed Virgin, as the loved beads glided between his fingers. When he was seventeen years of age, the Rosary Confraternity was established at Lettere, and the first members chose him as the Prior of the Sodality. Not long after, he took the Dominican habit in the Convent of the Blessed Virgin at Naples, in fulfillment of a vow he had made. While passing through the streets of Naples he had fallen into an open cistern and was in imminent danger of drowning; but he was rescued from his peril, after he had called on Our Lady of the Rosary and vowed to her that if saved he would enter the Order of Preachers. In after life he became a celebrated preacher and promoted the devotion of the Rosary with great success in the city of Naples. He died in the odor of sanctity, renowned for prophecy and miracles, 12 February 1621.

MLA Citation

  • The Rosary Magazine, February 1905. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2018. Web. 19 March 2019. <>