Saint of the Day – 5 March – Saint John Joseph of the Cross

The Memorial of Saint John Joseph of the Cross

Saint John Joseph of the Cross is the Patron Saint of Ischia, Italy

Saint John Joseph of the Cross Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersPriests who became Saints

Saint John Joseph of the Cross brief life History

Date of Birth 15 August 1654
Country of Birth Italy in Europe
Profession Italian priest and a professed member from the Order of Friars Minor
Place of Work Ischia, Italy
Date of Death 5 March 1734
Place of Death Ischia, Italy
Feast Day 5 March
Beatification By Pope Pius VI on 24 May 1789 in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Papal States
Canonization By Pope Gregory XVI on 26 May 1839 at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Papal States
Patron Saint of Ischia, Italy

Saint John Joseph of the Cross Short life History

Saint John Joseph of the Cross is also known as
• Carolo Gaetano Calosinto
• Giovan Giuseppe della Croce
• Giovanni Giuseppe Calosinto of the Cross
• John Joseph Calosinto

He joined Franciscans at age 16. He was thoroughly Ascetic. He was the first Italian to follow the reform movement of Saint Peter Alcantara who sought to make the Order more devoted to penance and austerity.

John had such a reputation for holiness that his superiors put him in charge of establishing a new friary before he was ordained. He joined the work crew, serving as a hod carrier, then a mason. Novice master, guardian, and provincial of the Order.

When his term as provincial expired, he dedicated himself to hearing confessions and practising mortification, two concerns contrary to the spirit of the dawning Age of Enlightenment. Had the gifts of prophecy and healing, and would swoon into ecstasies; known to levitate and bilocate.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

He desired those whom he restored to health to take some certain medicine that the cure might be attributed to a mere natural source and with regard to his own prophecies – which were numerous – he affected to judge from analogies and experiences.

Saint John Joseph of the Cross
Saint John Joseph of the Cross