Venerable Pietro di Vitale

Venerable Pietro di VitaleProfile

Sixth of eight boys born to the poor but pious peasant family of Vitale and Anna Scimeca; Pietro was baptized at the age of seven days. He was known as an intelligent child, and became an altar boy at Holy Trinity parish. He had to leave school at age 10 to help his family on the farm, but he was able to take books with him and study while minding the cows. When he was 14, an aunt became so impressed with his desire for the religious life that she paid for him to continue his studies. Member of the Franciscan Third Order. He entered the seminary in the archdiocese of Palermo, Italy on 8 December 1931. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy in 1933. Member of Catholic Action. Noted for his intelligence, his natural leadership, his Franciscan spirit of joy, and his devotion to the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Reputed to levitate during prayer. In 1934 he developed a stomach disorder that took six years to kill him; during this time, as he grew weaker and sicker and spent more time in the infirmary and recovering, he never abandoned his studies or his Franciscan charity and spirituality.





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  • “Venerable Pietro di Vitale“. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 June 2019. Web. 11 August 2020. <>