Book of Saints – John Joseph of the Cross

Saint John Joseph of the CrossArticle

(Saint) (March 5) (18th century) Carlo Gaetano, born A.D. 1654, in the Island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, at the age of sixteen, took the name of John Joseph of the Cross in the Alcantarine or strictest branch of the Franciscan Order. His life thenceforth was one of penance and suffering. As Superior, by his kind considerateness he won the hearts of all his brethren, while by his skill and energy he propagated and consolidated his Institute throughout Italy. At his word, in time of famine, loaves were multiplied, and food and herbs sprang into being. He died at the age of eighty, at the hour he had predicted, March 5, A.D. 1734. He was canonised bv Pope Gregory XVI one hundred years later.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “John Joseph of the Cross”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 August 2018. Web. 26 January 2022. <>