Saint John of Pulsano

detail of an 18th century Italian painting of Saint John of Pulsano, artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Giovanni di Matera
  • Giovanni Scalcione
  • John of Matera
  • John of Mathera



Benedictine monk. Lived with such austerity that it brought on the enmity of his brothers who felt he was setting a standard that they could not meet, making them look bad, and drawing attention to himself. Monk at Montevergine Abbey under the spiritual direction of his friend Saint William of Vercelli, its founder. Popular preacher in Bari, Italy. Founded the Saint Mary of Pulsano Abbey at Pulsano, Italy where he served as abbot, and from which grew a new congregation.





  • abbot driving away the devil with a rod
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint John of Pulsano“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 April 2020. Web. 6 December 2021. <>