Today's Saint

St. Francis Caracciolo

St. Francis Caracciolo

Saint Francis Caracciolo, born Ascanio Caracciolo in 1563 in the Kingdom of Naples, led a life marked by deep devotion and humility. Initially, he intended to live a secular life, but a severe illness prompted a profound conversion. During his recovery, Francis vowed to dedicate his life to God if he survived. Miraculously healed, he followed through on his promise, entering the priesthood and taking the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.

After his ordination, Francis encountered a letter meant for another person, calling for the establishment of a new religious order. This serendipitous event led him to co-found the Congregation of the Minor Clerks Regular, Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, alongside Father John Augustine Adorno in 1588. The order emphasized perpetual adoration of the Eucharist, combined with active ministry and service to the poor and sick.

Throughout his life, Francis demonstrated profound humility and self-denial. He often undertook menial tasks within the community and lived with great austerity. His devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and his commitment to the spiritual and physical needs of others characterized his ministry. Eventually, his tireless work and dedication led to his premature death in 1608, at the age of 44.


  • Lesson 1: Embrace Divine Providence: Francis’s life changed due to an illness and a misdirected letter, reminding us to remain open to God’s plans, even when they diverge from our own.
  • Lesson 2: Practice Humility and Service: Francis’s commitment to humility and service, performing even the humblest tasks, teaches us to value every act of service, no matter how small, as a reflection of Christ’s love.


O Saint Francis Caracciolo, who embraced humility and devoted your life to the service of others, inspire us to follow your example. Help us to accept God’s will with trust and to serve our neighbors with love and humility. Through your intercession, may we grow in our devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and our commitment to charity. Amen.

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