May 23: St Crispin of Viterbo (1668-1750)

crispinBorn Peter Fioretti, in Viterbo, Italy, on 13 November 1668, he studied at the Jesuit College, and became a shoemaker. At twenty-five he entered the Franciscan Capuchins and took the name of Crispin. He served as a gardener and  cook. He called himself “the little beast of burden of the Capuchins.” During an epidemic, Crispin effected many miraculous cures. He was also venerated for his prophecies and spiritual wisdom. Crispin died in Rome on 19 May 1750. He was beatified in 1806 and canonised by John Paul II in 1982. – Catholic Online

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