Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows

detail of a stained glass window image of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, artist unknown, date unknown, Brioux-sur-Boutonne, France; swiped off Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Francesco Possenti
  • Francis Possenti
  • Gabriel of the Blessed Virgin
  • Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother
  • Gabriel Possenti
  • Gabriel Marie Possenti
  • Gabriele dell’Addolorata



One of thirteen children. After a youth devoted to the world and society, attending the theatre, chasing women and the hunt, he was led to the Passionist Order by Our Lady, making his profession on 22 September 1857. His life was not marked by great events or controversy, but given to prayer, sacrifice, and a devotion to Our Lady and the contemplation of her sorrows over the suffering of Jesus. Many miracles are attributed to him after his death. Cured Saint Gemma Galgani when she prayed for his intervention. Pope Benedict XV gave him as a pattern for young people.



Name Meaning

  • God is my strength; God is mighty; strong man of God; the strength of God






I will attempt day by day to break my will into pieces. I want to do God’s Holy Will, not my own! – Saint Gabriel Possenti

Love Mary! She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her. She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you, embraces you and consoles and serves you. She will even be at hand to accompany you on the trip to eternity. Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 July 2020. Web. 16 May 2021. <>