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St Joseph of Cupertino

(1603—1663)


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(1603–63),

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.

Subjects: Christianity.


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