Franciscan Saints

17th January

The Servant of God, Robert King of Naples

Confessor, Third Order

Robert was the younger brother of Bishop St. Louis of Anjou, and the son of King Charles II of Naples. When his father was taken captive in a war with the king of Aragon, Robert and his brothers, Louis and Raymond, were sent to Spain as hostages for their father, and as such were compelled to remain six years in Barcelona. While there, the princes received an excellent education in piety and learning from three Franciscans. Robert fostered in as especial manner a great devotion toward the Blessed Sacrament.

Upon the death of his father he ascended the throne of the kingdoms of Naples and of Sicily. Even as king, Robert persevered in his pious disposition, and publicly manifested his lively faith. With his devout wife, Sancha, he joined the Franciscan Third Order.

At Naples they built a convent for the Franciscan Friars and another for the Poor Clares , for when the affairs of Government were taken care of for a time Robert retired for the evening to the convent of the Friars Minor where he took his place in the recitation of the Divine Office at midnight.


In the year 1335 he was anxious to resign government to enter the convent of the Friars Minor but near insurmountable obstacles prevented him from doing so yet he did furnish a chapel in his palace with living accommodations for twelve Franciscan priests in whose midst Robert spent all his spare time; he himself lived there among them like a religious.

When Robert became ill and felt his end draw near, he placed all affairs of the kingdom in order and begged for and received the habit of the Friars Minor in which he died a week later while absorbed in quiet prayer.

According to his wishes he was buried in the religious garb, without any ceremony, in the church of the Poor Clares which he and his wife had built.


Prayer of the church

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to all Christian peoples

to acknowledge in deeds what they profess in faith,

and to love the heavenly gift which they frequent.

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

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



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