This Thursday (September 18), we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph of Cupertino. Joseph was born in the Italian town of Copertino in 1603 and wanted to be a Franciscan early on in life. He was a troubled individual and a poor student. An effort to become a Capuchin Franciscan failed. Later an uncle assisted him in entering the Conventual Franciscan Order. And even though his studies as a Franciscan still gave him difficulties, he was able to prepare for the priesthood, pass all necessary tests and eventually become ordained.
Today we remember, St. Joseph of Cupertino for his deep love for Jesus and the Virgin Mary. His love was so powerful that it thrust him into ecstasy and caused him to levitate. To learn more about St. Joseph of Cupertino, please take a look at Friar Peter Mallin’s biography of the saint.
Incidentally, the Conventual Franciscan province that Friar Peter belongs to is named after St. Joseph of Cupertino. It covers California, Nevada and a mission in Vietnam. The friars who belong to the province find inspiration in St. Francis of Assisi and St. Joseph of Cupertino both of who lived the Gospel life in poverty, chastity and obedience.
They are involved in many ministries that improve people’s spiritual lives as well as their physical wellbeing. Just one example of their most recent work is the Heart to Hand Clinic that provides healthcare at the St. Thomas Aquinas Basilica in Reno to those who do not have adequate insurance coverage. Friar Francisco Nahoe is the rector of the basilica. He worked with Heart to Hand’s founders Dr. Shaheen Ali and his wife Behtany Weber to get the clinic running.
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