Franciscan Saints




12th May



St. Ignatius of Laconi


Confessor, First Order



Brother Ignatius was beatified in 1940, and canonized in 1951.

Born on December 17th, 1701, Francis Ignatius Vincent Peis knew poverty from his very beginnings, but the home of the Peis had a distinctly Christian atmosphere. His father was a quit, hard working man while his mother, a pious woman, taught him to pray.

From his earliest years, Vincent was prone to sickness and when he was 18 he became ill for many months and remained bed ridden. Turning to the Blessed Virgin for help, he repeated a pledge his mother made before his birth, promising to become a Capuchin if Mary would only cure him. To the amazement of many Vincent began to recover, but alas as happens to many promises to the Divine, he forgot his! Not long after he had what would have been a fatal accident had it not been for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. Again he had implored the aid of Mary and vowed to fulfil the forgotten, but now remembered promise. This time he was faithful to his promise. He journeyed to Cagliari to the headquarters of the Provincial of Sardinia, on the hill of Buoncammino. After some difficulty Vincent began his Novitiate for the lay brotherhood on November 10th 1721, at the friary of Saint Benedict, within Cagliari itself. He received the Capuchin habit and the new name of Brother Ignatius.

Immediately following his profession he went to the friary at Buoncammino and for two years he was the cook. Then for ten years he was quester at Iglesias friary, following which he returned to Buoncammino as a weaver. However, within a few short years in 1741 he returned to his task of questing. At this job he remained until his death in 1781. So his "work" consisted mostly of daily walking the streets of Cagliari and begging food for the friars. Very soon he became a familiar figure to the people and became known as "Padre Santo".

He won the love and confidence of the old and he captured the hearts of the young. The children of Cagliari were particularly fond of their "Padre Santo" with the forked walking stick, the white beard and the faded brown habit. He would tell them stories of saints, and talk to them about God, teaching them to love him and to talk to him in prayer.

The passion became an integral part of his daily life, and it was from this source that came the wisdom, warmth and vitality that the friars and the people found so appealing. Being a man so close to Jesus, it seems fitting that he should die with him, and so it was, on Friday May 11th 1781 at 3pm he passed this world.


"And I used to work with my hands, and I [still] desire to work; and I firmly wish that all my brothers give themselves to honest work. Let those who do not know how [to work] learn, not from desire of receiving wages for their work but as an example and in order to avoid idleness. And when we are not paid for our work, let us have recourse to the table of the Lord, seeking alms from door to door" (St. Francis, Testament).


Prayer of the Church

(Post Communion 25 under "Various Prayers"0


O God, who enlightenest every man that cometh into this

world, shed upon our hearts, we beseech thee, the brightness of

thy grace, that we may ever think thoughts worthy of thy

majesty  and pleasing unto Thee and ever sincerely love Thee,

Through the same Christ Our Lord Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen



Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

Quote: Foley, Leonard Fr, OFM. ,ed., revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.,2009,Saint of the Day, Lives, Lessons and Feast, St. Anthony’s Messenger Press, Cincinnati, OH, on American Catholic,(C) 1996-2012,St. Ignatius of Laconi ,, Accessed 5 April 2013,<>

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