Saint) (September 18) (17th century) Joseph Desa was born at Copertino near Brindisi (A.D. 1602). With some difficulty he obtained admission as a Lay-Brother among the Conventual Franciscans; but on account of his rare spiritual gifts was soon promoted to the priesthood. Very wonderful were the penances he inflicted upon himself; more marvellous still the gift of ecstatic prayer with which Almighty God endued him. “O Lord, be Thou my only good,” was the aspiration ever on his lips. To be misunderstood and to be calumniated was a lot he shared with many of God’s servants. He wrought many miracles, both in his life and after his holy death, which occurred at Osimo, near Ancona (A.D. 1672). He was canonised in the following century by Pope Clement XIII.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Joseph of Cupertino”. , 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 5 November 2013. Web. 4 March 2015. <>