The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Venerable Francesco Maria Mangano

The various branches of the Franciscan Order can glory in their great number of saintly men in the nineteenth centry. Among these is the Venerable Francis Mangano of the Order of Minorites at Naples. He entered the Order in 1779 at the age of sixteen. Though his talent for study was not great, his untiring diligence enabled him to acquire much solid learning. Two years after his elevation to the priesthood he was appointed novice-master, and later became spiritual director of the Clerics of the Order. He obtained considerable fame in the city as a preacher and confessor. He was of great service to his Order in the restoration of discipline, after the great disturbances at the beginning of the century. He died on 31 December 1841. During the last ten years of his life he was crippled as the result of an apoplectic stroke. He had much to suffer, partly – God permitting it – from his own brethren. This was afterward adduced in praise of his constant and great serenity. The miracles after his death were very numerous.

– this text is taken from The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, by Father Constantine Kempf, SJ; translated from the German by Father Francis Breymann, SJ; Impimatur by + Cardinal John Farley, Archbishop of New York, 25 September 1916