St. Joseph of Copertino

Rev. Angelo Pastrovicchi
Translated by Rev. Francis S. Laing

Joseph of Copertino (1603 – 1663) was an Italian Conventual Franciscan friar who is honored as a Christian mystic and saint. He was said to have been remarkably unclever, but prone to miraculous levitation and intense ecstatic visions that left him gaping.  Joseph began to experience ecstatic visions as a child, which were to continue throughout his life, and made him the object of scorn. He applied to the Conventual Franciscan friars, but was rejected due to his lack of education. He then pleaded with them to serve in their stables. After several years of working there, he had so impressed the friars with the devotion and simplicity of his life that he was admitted to their Order, destined to become a Catholic priest, in 1625.

This Biography, portraying one of the great saints of the Franciscan Order, was written in 1753, at the time of his beatification. It is based on the Acta Sanctorum and the official documentation from the process for his beatification. Canonized in 1767, St. Joseph of Copertino is the Patron of Students and of those who fly. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Christianity - Biographies

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The "Supernal" Vocation" Mozartjr
Play 02 "As Gold In a Furnace" Mozartjr
Play 03 "Fellow-Citizen of the Serpahic Francis" Mozartjr
Play 04 "Caught Up Into Paradise" Larry Wilson
Play 05 "Good Odor of Christ" Erin Stone
Play 06 Evangelical Perfection Erin Stone
Play 07 "In His Life He Did Great Wonders" Erin Stone
Play 08 "Glorified in the Sight of Kings" Priyanka Mary Christine
Play 09 "My Life is Hid With Christ in God" Tatiana Chichilla
Play 10 A Saint's "Paradise" Tatiana Chichilla
Play 11 "Obtaining the Prize" Tatiana Chichilla
Play 12 The "Memory of an Admirable Saint" Tatiana Chichilla