September 18 – Saint Joseph of Cupertino: Patron Saint of Travelers, Air Travelers, Pilots and Students

Saint Joseph of Cupertino, Patron Saint of Air Travelers (Feast Date:  September 18)

Extract from Joseph of Cupertino:  “Joseph’s father, Felice Desa was a poor carpenter who died before the boy was born. Creditors drove his mother, Francesca Panara, from her home, and Joseph was born in a stable. Starting at age eight, he received ecstatic visions that left him gaping and staring into space. He had a hot temper, which his strict mother worked to overcome. . . .He applied to the Capuchins, was accepted as a lay-brother in 1620, but his ecstasies made him unsuitable for work, and he was dismissed. Abused by his family, he continued his prayers, and was accepted as an oblate at the Franciscan convent . . . he became a cleric at 22, a priest at 25. Joseph still had little education, could barely read or write, but received such a gift of spiritual knowledge and discernment that he could solve intricate questions. His life became a series of visions and ecstasies, which could be triggered any time or place by the sound of a church bell, church music, the mention of the name of God or of the Blessed Virgin or of a saint, any event in the life of Christ, the sacred Passion, a holy picture, the thought of the glory in heaven, etc. Yelling, beating, pinching, burning, piercing with needles – none of this would bring him from his trances, but he would return to the world on hearing the voice of his superior in the order. He would often levitate and float (which led to his patronage of people involved in air travel), and could hear heavenly music.  For 35 years he was not allowed to attend choir, go to the common refectory, walk in procession, or say Mass in church. . . . But Joseph retained his joyous spirit, submitting to Divine Providence. See also ST. JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO: THE DUNCE—1603-1663, Picture of St. Joseph of Cupertino, videos: Saint Joseph of Cupertino Sep 18Who is this strange flying priest? Joseph of Cupertino of course, The Reluctant Saint The Life of St. Joseph of Cupertino Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Prayer to Saint Joseph of Cupertino.

Saint Joseph of Cupertino, Patron Saint of Air Travellers and Pilots (Feast date : Sept 18)

(b: 1603) (d: 1663) (xtract from Saint Joseph of Cupertino: “St. Joseph was born at Cupertino, in the diocese of Nardo in the Kingdom of Naples, in 1603. When a child his mother considered Joseph a nuisance and treated him harshly. He would wander around, going nowhere, his mouth gaping open. He had a bad temper, too, and so, he was not at all popular. Joseph tried to learn the trade of shoemaking, but failed. He asked to become a Franciscan, but they would not accept him. Next, he joined the Capuchins, but 8 months later, they sent him away because he dropped piles of dishes and kept forgetting to do what he was told. His mother was not at all pleased to have the 18 year old back home again, so she finally got him accepted as a servant at the Franciscan monastery. He was given the monks habit and put to hard work taking care of the horses. Joseph began to change. He grew more humble and gentle, more careful and successful at his work. Joseph was most devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and promoted devotion to her among all classes of people. Pope Clement XIII canonized him in 1767.

Saint Joseph of Cupertino, Patron Saint of Air Travelers (Feast Date: September 18)

Extract from Saint Joseph of Cupertino: “Franciscan mystic and the patron saint of pilots and air passengers. He was born in Cupertino, Italy. After several attempts to enter the religious life, he was accepted by the Conventual Franciscans at Grattela, where he received ordination in 1628. He soon demonstrated many gifts, including the ability to fly through the air. In 1639, because of the enmity of his fellow monks, Joseph was sent to Assisi. In 1653, the Inquisition sent him to a remote friary and then to another house at Pieterossa, because of the popularity and fame attached to his levitation and other gifts. Joseph was also confined to a house in Fossombrofle until 1657. He died at Osimo and was canonized in 1767. His cult is now confined to local calendars.”


We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Joeph of Cupertino on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Plane Crash in Queensland, Australia (October 1, 2012) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 8 – October 21, 2012)

Air Crash in Libya (May 12, 2010) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  May 24 – June 6, 2010.

Air crash  in Brazil (June 1, 2009) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: June 8 – June 21, 2009.

Plane Crash in Indonesia (May 20, 2009) (Oceania) World Mission Rosary Intentions: May 25 – June 07, 2009.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.


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