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Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows

Also known as Francesco Possenti ,Francis Possenti, Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, Gabriel Possenti

Memorial 27 February

Profile One of thirteen children. After a youth devoted to the world and society, attending the theatre, chasing women and the hunt, he was led to the Passionist Order by Our Lady. His life was not marked by great events or controversy, but given to prayer, sacrifice, and a devotion to Our Lady and the contemplation of her sorrows over the suffering of Jesus. Many miracles are attributed to him after his death. Cured Saint Gemma Galgani when she prayed to him. Pope Benedict XV gave him as a pattern for young people.

Born 1 March 1838 at Assisi, Italy

Died 27 February 1862 at Abruzzi, Italy of tuberculosis

Name Meaning God is my strength; God is mighty; strong man of God; the strength of God

Venerated 14 May 1905

Beatified 31 May 1908

Canonized 13 May 1920 by Pope Benedict XV

Patronage Abruzzi, Italy Catholic Action, clerics ,students, young people in general

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