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December 2019

November 26: St. Leonard of Port Maurice


St. Leonard of Port Maurice was a First Order friar (OFM), d. 1751

 

The son of a sea captain, born 20 December 1676 at Porto Maurizio, Italy on the Riviera di Ponente as Paul Jerome Casanova. When he was 13, he was placed with his uncle to study medicine but the lad had other ideas and so the uncle disowned him. Then he went to Rome to enter Jesuit Collage and joined the Riformella (Franciscans of the strict observants) on 2 October 1697 and became Brother Leonard.

 

He must have been a good student because he was ordained in Rome in 1703. He felt he was suited for missionary life in China but had health problems preventing him for this service. He was sent to Florence in 1709 and became noted for his preaching, with great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, Sacred Heart, Immaculate Conception, and to the Stations of the Cross.

 

He established the Way of the Cross in over 500 places, including the Colosseum in Rome. Sent as a missionary by Pope Benedict XIV to the island of Corsica in 1744 where he restored discipline to the holy orders there, but local politics greatly limited his success in preaching. He returned exhausted to Rome where he spent the rest of his days.

 

He passed away on 26 November 1751 at the monastery of Saint Bonaventura, Rome, Italy
He was beatified on 19 June 1796 by Pope Pius VI. Canonized 29 June 1867 by Pope Pius XI.

 

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