Francis Anthony of Lucera

1681-1742

Giovaniello Fasani’s foster father sent him for his education to the Franciscans in Lucera. At fifteen he joined the order and took the name Francis Anthony after the great sainted friars. In 1705, he earned a doctorate in theology. Then he began to teach at the Franciscan college in Lucera, where he spent the rest of his life. Renowned for his preaching and teaching, the townspeople called Francis Anthony “Padre Maestro.” And his reputation for mercy drew many to his confessional.” I was indulgent, I don’t deny it,” he said, “but it was You who taught me to be so.” Francis Anthony showed particular concern for the well-being of prisoners. And he initiated an annual Christmas collection of goods for the poor.

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