Blessed John Marinoni
Venice, December 25, 1490 – Naples, December 13, 1562
Roman Martyrology: In Naples, Blessed John (Francis) Marinoni, a priest of the Order of Clerics Regular those Teatini, dedicated to St. Gaetano, together to reform the clergy and the salvation of souls, and gave impetus to the pawnshop for the help needy.
He is called the master of the holy Theatines, born December 25, 1490 in Venice by parents natives of Bergamo, at baptism he took the name of Francis who changed following his religious profession.
Pupil diligent in his studies was a cleric in the Collegiate Church of St. Pantaleo, University of Padua, priest of exemplary life and piety, became sacristan first then a canon of the Basilica of St. Mark, chaplain of the Hospital for Incurable Diseases, and finally became Theatin December 9, 1528, taking the dress from the hands of Giampietro Carafa, later to become pope under the name of Paul IV and doing his job in that of S. Gaetano Thiene May 29, 1530.
In August 1533 John Marinoni and Gaetano Thiene, in obedience to the request of Pope Clement VII, he left Venice for Naples, living at the Incurable for a time, until in 1538 he stopped at the Basilica of St. Paolo Maggiore in the center of Naples.
His great spirituality gave excellent results, in close collaboration with the founder s. Gaetano; inspired in 1539 the nobles Paparo Aurelio, Gian Domenico di Leonardo Palma League and his spiritual children in initiating the pawn from which arose after the Bank of Naples.
Other spiritual daughters are lavish in their meritorious deeds, Giovanna Scorza, founded the pious place “The Temple” for the education of girls, the four sisters Palescandolo founded the monastery of St. Andrea delle Dame. They worked hard together with s. Gaetano to preserve the faith, partly poisoned by non-Orthodox movements have arisen in that period.
He was appointed in April 1540 upper house of S. Paul Major and spiritual director of the convent of Dominican nuns of Wisdom. With its meekness and driving forces and formed the first levers of the new order Theatin an intense interior life and apostolic activities, detachment from earthly goods and trusting abandonment to God, having been master of saints such as St. Andrew Avellino, blessed Burali Paul Cardinal, the venerable James Torno and Savior Caracciolo and bishops and other eminent men of God who held high spirituality teatina that John was an outstanding spiritual leader.
S. Andrew Avellino was the first biographer of Blessed Marinoni and he says: “He was always amiable nature, than by all the secular good and bad, he was loved, respected, honor and esteemed. Which with gl’occhi proprij I saw, because they often went with her to Naples and saw all the honor that was done, which kept him a saint. ”
Great preacher was followed by thick and listened and learned even legions of faithful including some who have become bishops attending the Council of Trent pointed at him as an example of true evangelism. He refused the archbishopric of Naples and the Pope Paul IV wanted Theatin reliable; in 1558 began building the foundations of the new convent of S. Paul Major who, under the direction of the learned father Jerome Ferro ended in 1565, three years after the death of Marinoni.
Old age and illness he had undermined health, while he was still hard work and zeal to the health of others, at that time of cholera epidemics devastating the city of Naples and was an epidemic that struck him down in a few days, December 13, 1562.
His remains are venerated in the crypt of the Basilica of St. Paolo Maggiore which eventually became a real church with direct input into the square outside and where are the remains of St. Gaetano Thiene, of blessed Paul Burali and other venerable brother, St. Andrew Avellino are above the basilica.
Pope Clement XIII, September 11, 1762 confirms the cult who for two centuries was accorded. He is depicted holding the crucifix for his great devotion to the Passion of Christ.
Author: Antonio Borrelli
Source: Santi e Beati