St John-Joseph (1654-1739) was born on the island of Ischia, Spain. His father sacrificed a noble future for his love of a weaver’s daughter.
St John-Joseph’s early life was one of poverty, homelessness and searching for work.
At the age of 16yrs, St John-Joseph joined the Franciscans wishing to live a life of poverty, austerity and prayer. At 20yrs and at his Superior’s request, he founded a friary in Piedmont and was later ordained a Priest. He also set up a convent community and became Master of Novices.
St John-Joseph was noted for his many miracles but also, his numerous efforts to keep the miracles secret. St John-Joseph said, “Where there is no love put love … and you will find love”.
St John Joseph is Patron Saint of Ischia. His Feast Day is 5th March, the day of his death.
Pray for us that we will place our love for others before our love for ourselves.
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