Blessed Antonio Lucci Biography
Blessed Antonio Lucci Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date
|Date of Birth||August 2, 1681|
|Country of Birth||Italy in Europe||Matrimony/Holy Orders||Blesseds who were Bishops|
|Place of Work||Italy|
|Date of Death||July 25, 1752|
|Place of Death||Bovino, Foggia, Italy|
|Feast Day||July 25|
|Beatification||Beatified by Pope John Paul II|
|Canonization||Canonized by N/A|
|Patron Saint of||N/A|
Blessed Antonio Lucci Biography
Blessed Antonio Lucci, the son of Francesco Lucci, a shoemaker and coppersmith, and Angela Paolantonio, he grew up in a pious house, taught by Franciscans, and developed a devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary. Angelo joined the Franciscan minority convent as a youth and in 1698 made his solemn vow and adopted the name Brother Antonio. He studied rhetoric, logic and philosophy at the Franciscan houses in the Italian cities of Venafro, Alvito and Aversa and then theology in Agnone and Fasani. Antonio said he was grateful for his studies because the discipline needed to help him get a quick temper under control. Consecrated on September 19, 1705 in Assisi, Italy. Well-known theologian, bible researcher, teacher and preacher. Doctor of Theology in 1709. Regent and Professor at the Franciscan School in Ravello, Italy from 1709 to 1712. Regent and Professor at the Franciscan San Lorenzo School in Naples, Italy from 1713 to 1718. Franciscan Provincial in 1718. Regent and professor at the College of Saint Bonaventure in Rome, Italy from 1719 to 1729. Writer in questions of theology, philosophy and history. At the request of Pope Benedict XIII. Became the theological advisor of the Holy Office, adviser to the Lateran Synod and wrote for Benedict XIII. Against Jansenism.
Chosen resisting Bishop of Bovino, Italy in December 1728; He was consecrated on July 2, 1729 in St. Peter's Basilica and served his diocese the remaining 23 years of his life. Known for his charity for the poor (he gave away his personal income) and the creation of a catechism for the youth and the poor, theological and public education of a tiny diocese with political problems. He traveled through the diocese, rearranged and repaired the churches, enforced the discipline of his clergymen who had taken worldly ways, raised the standards, and revived the liturgy and life in his life, and even visited them in accordance with the teachings of the Church. His reforms were rejected by local princes and lords, who had taken advantage of the negligent and secular ways of the priests and the people who wanted to control the appointment of clergy and ministries and tried to treat the property of the church as theirs. Bishop Antonio defied them at every step, defending the poor and outcasts and the rights of the Church, ignoring their demands for the appointment of friends and followers for positions with more qualified candidates. He restored the dilapidated cathedral and supported the resumption of devotions. Somewhere along the way he manages to write a handbook of theology that has been a standard textbook for many years, and in 1740 a book about the Saints and Beati of the first 200 years of the Franciscan conventuals.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori wrote about him, praised his work and declared him holy man. Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani testified at the diocesan hearings on the sanctity of Blessed Antonio. As Benedict XIII. Choosing Brother Antonio as Bishop of Bovino, he wrote: "I have chosen an outstanding theologian and a great saint as bishop of Bovino."