St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Religious
Assisi, March 10, 1838 – Isola del Gran Sasso, February 27, 1862
Francesco Possenti was born in Assisi in 1838. He lost his mother at age four. He went on frequent trips with his father, Governor of the Papal States, and his brothers. They settled in Spoleto, where Francis attended the Christian Brothers and Jesuit schools. At 18 he entered the novitiate of the Passionist a Morrovalle (Macerata), taking the name Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. He died in 1862, at 24, in Isola del Gran Sasso, having received only minor orders. He is revered there, in the sanctuary that bears his name, which is a place of pilgrimage, especially for youth. Caonized in 1920, and Catholic Action Co-patron of Abruzzo.
Roman Martyrology: At Isola del Gran Sasso in Abruzzo, St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (Francesco) Possenti, acolyte, who rejected all worldly vanity, the teenager entered the Congregation of the Passion, where his brief life ended. Read the rest of this entry »