Blessed Francesco Mottola

Blessed Francesco MottolaMemorial


The son of Antonio and Concetta Braghó Mottola; his mother committed suicide in 1913 when the Francesco was only 12. He studied in Tropea and Catanzaro, Italy, and was ordained a priest of the diocese of Tropea, Italy on 5 April 1924; as a seminarian, he was known for devotion to Mary under her title Madonna di Romania, and for his frequent sessions of Eucharistic Adoration. Member of Catholic Action. Rector of the seminary of Tropea from 1929 to 1942 where he also served as teacher and preacher. Founded the Secular Institute of the Oblates of the Sacred Heart in 1930. Canon of the cathedral of Tropea in 1931. Founded the Casa della Carità (House of Charity) in Tropea. Partially paralyzed in 1942, Father Francesco gave up his work at the seminary and devoted his remaining 27 years to organizing small groups and helping them serve those in need.





  • pending; previously planned recognition cancelled due to covid epidemic

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Francesco Mottola“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 January 2021. Web. 22 April 2021. <>