- Apostle of Naples
- Francis Xavier Bianchi
Studied in Naples, Italy. Joined the Barnabite at age 14 over the objections of his family. Ordained in 1767. Served as the president of two colleges. Noted for his endless ministry to the poor and neglected, his work to prevent girls from turning to prostitution, for his personal austerities, his gift of prophecy, and as a miracle worker. Reported to have stopped the flow of lava from Mount Vesuvius in 1805. His health destroyed by overwork, late in life he lost the use of his legs, but continued to work with those whom he felt were worse off than himself. When the Barnabites were expelled from Naples, his health was so poor that he had to be left behind, and he died separated from his brothers.
When you hear that I cannot celebrate Mass any more, count me as dead. – Saint Francis Xavier Bianchi
- “Saint Francesco Saverio Maria Bianchi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 January 2017. Web. 25 March 2017. <>