The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Venerable Francis of Ghisone

Venerable Francis of GhisoneThe Venerable Francis Mucchielli, commonly called Francis of Ghisone, after his birthplace, was of Corsican ancestry. After the early death of his mother, the boy was sent to his uncle at Rome, where he learned the trade of a joiner. But a desire for the religious state soon awoke in him and his joy was great when he was received among the Franciscans at Civitella. After taking his vows he was sent by his superiors to study, but when he was to be promoted to the priesthood he asked in his humility to be permitted to remain a lay-brother. Heaven proved the sincerity of his petition, for soon after he was stricken with epilepsy, which never left him till his death, making his life a true martyrdom. In spite of it he carried his zeal for penance so far as to chastise his sick body in almost every possible manner. His humility, patience, and cheerfulness in suffering made him a blessing to his community. His death occurred in 1832. In 1898 the Congregation of Rites published the decree acknowledging the heroic degree of his virtue.

– 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