Ven. Louis of Casoria
and founder of the Frati Bigi; b. at Casoria, near Naples
, 11 March, 1814; d. at Pausilippo, 30 March, 1885. His name in the world was Archangelo Palmentiere. On 1 July, 1832, he entered the Order of Friars Minor
, and shortly after the completion of the year's novitiate
was appointed to teach philosophy
and mathematics in the Franciscan convent
of San Pietro in Naples
. Following the advice of his superiors, he instituted a branch of the Third Order
at San Pietro from the members of which he formed later a religious institute, commonly known as the Frati Bigi on account of the grayish or ashen colour of their habits. Louis instituted likewise a congregation of religious women
, known as the Suore Bigie, whom he placed under the protection of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
. About the year 1852 he opened a school
for the education
boys and girls redeemed from slavery
. Ten years before his death he was attacked with a serious and painful illness, from which he never completely recovered. The numerous works of charity
, and Florence which owe their origin to Louis of Casoria, as well as the fame for sanctity
which he enjoyed even during his lifetime, account for the veneration in which he was held by all classes, high and low alike. The cause of his beatification
was introduced in Rome
Acta Ordinis Minorum (May, 1907), 156-158; The Catholic World (November, 1895), 155-166; Voce di Sant' Antonio (July, 1907), 23-26.
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APA citation. (1910). Ven. Louis of Casoria. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09385a.htm
MLA citation. "Ven. Louis of Casoria." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 9. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09385a.htm>.
Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Herman F. Holbrook. Fidelium animae per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace.
Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. October 1, 1910. Remy Lafort, Censor. Imprimatur. +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York.
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