Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
A depiction of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows wearing the Passionist Habit. The Passionist Sign, part of the Habit, is on his chest.
(1838-03-01)March 1, 1838
Assisi, Papal States (now Italy)
February 27, 1862(1862-02-27) (aged 23)
Isola del Gran Sasso, Kingdom of Italy
Roman Catholic Church
May 31, 1908, Rome, Italy by Pope Pius X
May 13, 1920, Rome, Italy by Pope Benedict XV
San Gabriele, Teramo, Abruzzi
February 28 for Traditional Roman Catholics
Passionist Habit and Sign
Students, Youth, Clerics, Seminarians, Abruzzi
Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (born Francesco Possenti March 1, 1838 – February 27, 1862) was an Italian Passionist clerical student. Born to a professional family, he gave up ambitions of a secular career to enter the Passionist Congregation. His life in the monastery was not extraordinary, yet he followed the rule of the congregation perfectly and was known for his great devotion to the sorrows of the Virgin Mary. He died from tuberculosis at the age of 23 in Isola del Gran Sasso, in the province of Teramo. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920.
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Francesco Possenti was born on March 1, 1838, in Assisi Italy, the eleventh of thirteen children born to his mother, Agnes, and his father, Sante. The family were then resident in the town of Assisi where Sante worked for the local government. Possenti was baptised on the day of his birth in the same font in which Saint Francis of Assisi had been baptised. Shortly after Francis’ birth Sante Possenti was transferred to a post at Montalta and thence to Spoleto where, in 1841, he was appointed legal assessor. In Spoleto the family was struck with a number of bereavements: the deaths of a baby girl, Rosa, in December 1841; of seven-year-old Adele in January 1842; and of Francis’ mother, Agnes, in 1842.
As a child and young man, Francis Possenti was well liked by his peers and had a reputation for great charity and piety. He was also known for the great care he took with regard to his appearance and would spend hours in preparing himself for parties. Francis could be a difficult child and was liable to bouts of anger. Francis w