Franciscan friar. Joseph Desa, the son of a poor carpenter in Cupertino, in his youth became a Capuchin lay brother. When the Capuchins dismissed him because of his awkwardness, the Conventual Franciscans at La Grotella, near Cupertino, accepted him as a tertiary. He was ordained priest in 1628. For the rest of his life he experienced ecstasies which were remarkable for the levitation which accompanied them. Feast day, 18 Sept., suppressed in 1969.