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The Servants of God and Venerable Friars

in the Order of Friars Minor Conventual


Venerable Friar Wenanty KATARZYNIEC, Priest (1889-1921)

Friar Wenanty KATARZYNIEC (first named Józef) was from a very poor peasant family. He was born on October 7, 1889, to Jan and Agnieszka KATARZYNIEC in Obydów, a village 46 km from Lviv...
Friar Domenico LO VERME, OFM Conv.

Venerable Friar Domenico LO VERME, OFM Conv., Religious (1641-1713)

Friar Domenico LO VERME was a religious brother of the Friars Minor Conventual. He was born in Canicattì, (Sicily) Italy, on October 29, 1641 into a humble peasant family. His parents, Filippo and Agata...

Venerable Friar Quirico PIGNALBERI, Priest (1891-1982)

Quirico PIGNALBERI was born in Serrone, Italy, on July 11, 1891. He was the last of five children of Egidio and Caterina PROIETTI. One day after his birth, Quirico was baptized in the Sacro...

Venerable Friar Melchior FORDON, Priest (1862-1927)

On December 21, 2018, the Holy Father Pope Francis, having consulted with His Eminence Giovanni Angelo Cardinal BECCIU, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, recognized the heroic virtue of the...

Venerable Friar Luigi (Filippo) LO VERDE Professed Clerical Student (1910-1932)

Friar Luigi was born on December 20, 1910, in Tebourba, Tunisia. His parents had emigrated there from Palermo, Sicily, to look for work. His father was a builder and his mother ran a grocery...
Giovanni SOGGIU OFM Conv

Servant of God Friar Giovanni SOGGIU, Martyr (1883-1930)

Giovanni SOGGIU was born on April 1, 1883, in Norbello, Italy. He was the son of Antonio SOGGIU, an elementary school teacher, and Caterina CONTINI, a housewife, originally from Ghilarza, Italy. Giovanni was baptized...

Servant of God Friar Placido CORTESE, Priest (1907-1944)

Nicolò Matteo CORTESE was born on March 7, 1907, in Cres - Croatia, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He attended primary school in his hometown where he met the Friars Minor Conventual,...
Leon Veuthey OFMC Conv.

Servant of God Friar Léon VEUTHEY, Priest (1896-1974)

The Servant of God, Friar Léon VEUTHEY OFMConv, was born on March 3, 1896, in Dorénaz, a small mountain village in French-speaking Switzerland. His parents, Jean Pierre and Euphrosine, produced seven children. Little Léon...
Martin Benedict

Servant of God Friar Martin BENEDICT, Priest (1931-1986)

The Servant of God Friar Martin BENEDICT was born in the municipality of Nicolae Bălcescu (Galbeni, Romania) in 1931, to peasant parents. After attending elementary school in his home town (1938-1945), he entered the...
Francesco Costantino Mazzieri OFMConv

Servant of God Friar Francesco Costantino MAZZIERI, OFM Conv., Bishop (1889-1983)

Servant of God Francesco Costantino MAZZIERI was born on March 25, 1889, in the village of Abbadia di Osimo, in Ancona Province, Italy. He was the second son of Francesco and Teresa CURSI. The...