Book of Saints – John Capistran

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(Saint) (March 28) (15th century) He was the son of a gentleman of Anjou (France), but was born at Capistrano in Italy (A.D. 1385). He studied Civil and Canon Law at Perugia, where he tried though in vain to settle the disputes between the City of Perugia and Ladislas, King of Naples. He joined the Franciscans in Perugia (A.D. 1415). His great humility and spirit of self-denial were proof against every trial. He became the first General of the Observantine Franciscans (A.D. 1437). He preached with wonderful success in Italy, Austria, Germany and Hungary. He was the right hand of the famous John Huniades in the defence of Vienna, against the Turks (A.D. 1456). He had ever in his exhortations to the soldiers the Name of Jesus on his lips. He died at Vilak in Hungary (A.D. 1456). His relics were thrown by the Lutherans into the Danube, but happily were afterwards recovered.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “John Capistran”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 21 October 2013. Web. 22 September 2014. <>