Venerable Domenico Petruccelli

Venerable Domenico PetruccelliAlso known as

  • Raffaele of Sant’Elia a Pianisi


Born to a peasant family, the son of Salvatore Petruccelli and Brigida Mastrovita, Domenico helped work the fields in his youth, spending as much of his time as possible in prayer. He apprenticed as a shoe maker, but the call to religious life was too strong, and he joined the Capuchins in Morcone, Italy on 10 November 1834, taking the name Raffaele; he made his solemn profession in 1835. From 1836 to 1840 he studied in the Italian cities of Agnone, Serracapriole, Boniva and Larin, and was ordained a priest in Larin on 29 March 1840. Beginning in 1852 he served as director of novices in Morcone. Served in the church of Madonna della Libera in Campobasso, Italy in 1857. In 1865 he returned to monastic life, and in 1866 served as chaplain to Capuchin novices.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Domenico Petruccelli“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 July 2021. Web. 24 September 2021. <>