Franciscan Friar and Oddball.
Dismissed from a Capuchin monastery for his stupidity and clumsiness, he became a stable hand at a Franciscan convent and was accepted as a novice.
It was not long before his eccentricities bubbled to the surface. Certain hymns and ecclesiastical activities drove him into ecstasies where he would leap into the air and attempt levitation.
This sort of thing was very popular with the public who would credit him with miracles, but very unpopular with the authorities who sent him to the Inquisition.
But the Inquisition sent him right back again by return of post — there was nothing in the rule books about being over-zealous. They did not want to take chances with a Holy Fool.
Nor did anyone else, and he was sent from Friary to Friary rather like a game of pass the parcel.
Thanks to his levitation attempts he is now flying high as the Patron Saint of Aviators and Astronauts.
St. Joseph of Cupertino Facts and Figures
Name: Joseph of Cupertino
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Birth and Death Dates: 1603-1663
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
Role: Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
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Article last revised on April 07, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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