New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Benedict Joseph Labre

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

(17481783) Confessor, pilgrim. Born Amettes, France; died Rome, Italy. After unsuccessful attempts, because of his youth and poor health, to obtain the religious habit in the Trappist, Cistercian, and Carthusian orders, he devoted his remaining 13 years to traveling over Europe, visiting famous shrines, and leading a life of great mortification. Worn out by austerities, he collapsed outside a church in Rome, and died shortly after. He was known as the “Saint of the Forty Hours Devotion,” following this devotion wherever he could. His death was followed by a multitude of miracles. Canonized; 1881. Relics in Santa Maria dei Monti, Rome. Feast, 16 April.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Benedict Joseph Labre”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 August 2012. Web. 19 October 2020. <>