Saint Giles Mary-of-Saint-Joseph

Saint Giles Mary-of-Saint-JosephAlso known as

  • Aegidius Mary of Saint Joseph Pontillo
  • Egidio Maria de Saint Giuseppe
  • Francis Pontillo
  • Saint of the Little Way



Born to a pious family and raised in a small village. Rope maker by trade. Drawn to a religious life, he applied to the Discalced Friars Minor of Saint Peter of Alcantara at Naples, Italy in 1754 at age 25. He wished to become a priest, but lacked the education, and was received as a lay brother.

Porter and gate-keeper at his monastery‘s seminary, a position that put him in constant contact with those in need. He had a special ministry to the sick, and worked with lepers, travelling outside the city to help those who had become shunned and isolated. Even in life he was considered by locals as a saint and patron of the sick and outcast. Legend says that when he was charged with distributing food and alms to the poor, Saint Joseph would intervene to insure he never ran out.






Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Giles Mary-of-Saint-Joseph“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 February 2017. Web. 11 December 2017. <>