Born in Naples in 1696.  He was renowned as a doctor of both  Canon and Civil Law.  He left the legal profession and entered the priesthood.  He founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.  He began preaching and writing books on moral theology to foster spirituality among the people.  He was chosen Bishop of Sant’ Agata dei Goti but soon resigned to work with his confreres at Nocera dei Pagani in Campagna.  Much intense suffering and voluntary mortification plagued his last years.  He died August 1, 1787.

FEAST DAY:  August 1

PATRON OF:  Confessors, theologians, moralists

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