Book of Saints – Benedict Joseph Labre

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

(Saint) (April 16) (18th century) The son of poor parents of Amettes In Artois (France), he first purposed to enter Into some Religious Order, but afterwards realized that his call from God was to a life of utter solitude. He made several pilgrimages, visiting the sanctuaries of France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. He everywhere begged his food, constantly refusing money, and spent his time in almost continuous prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. He died in Rome during Holy Week, A.D. 1783. He was canonized by Pope Plus IX In 1860, though the popular veneration of the poor mendicant was universal in Rome long before he had even passed from this world. His funeral cortege resembled a triumphal procession, and up to our own time his shrine is one of the most frequented In Rome.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Benedict Joseph Labre”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 August 2012. Web. 30 November 2020. <>