The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Venerable Bernard Mary Clausi

Venerable Bernardo Maria ClausiArticle

Venerable Bernard Mary Clausi, the intimate friend of Venerable Vincent Pallotti, was born on 27 November 1787, at Sisto in Calabria, of one of the first families of the country. After an innocent boyhood he entered the Order of Minims of Saint Francis of Paula at the age of fifteen. But before the end of his noviceship the monastery was closed by the Revolution and Clausi was obliged to return home. He was forced into military service, but even as a soldier he lived like a saint. He afterward became a secular priest and when the condition of the times grew better he again entered the Order of the Minims. The chief scenes of his labors were Rome and Naples. Ardent zeal for souls, great humility in spite of many extraordinary gifts of grace, and serene cheerfulness under every blow of adversity were the indications of his sanctity. In the dreadful interior sufferings of his last years, his friend Pallotti was his loving consoler. He died on 20 December 1849, a month and three days before Pallotti, as he had particularly foretold to the latter. The miracles of Clausi were numerous both before and after his death.

MLA Citation

  • Father Constantine Kempf, SJ. “Venerable Bernard Mary Clausi”. The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 March 2018. Web. 18 January 2019. <>