Franciscan Saints


The Servant of God Vicco Necchi

Confessor, Third Order

Habig writes “The vigour of the Franciscan Order is exhaustless. After seven hundred years it has not yet been spent, rather it seems to have taken on an additional life in this present age that it is so unpropitious to all events of the supernatural.”

Louis ( Ludovico, hence Vico) Necchi , physician and professor of Biology at the university of Milan died on January 10, 1930 in his will he asked that the following inscription be engraved on his head stone:

Vico Necchi, Franciscan Tertiary. At the time of writing his book Habig tells us that those words encompass all there is to say about the extraordinary life of Vico Necchi and that all who knew him were putting every effort into his beatification process.

Vico was born in Milan on November 19, 1876 and while still a very young man he put on the habit of the Third Order in later years as he moved about according to the necessities of Practicing Medicine Vico often found himself in most unchristian circles. He is said to have encountered all with the enthusiasm of a Paul and the kindliness of St. Francis and was instrumental in bringing some of those to whom he ministered to Christ.

Among his converts was a young radical who later became a Franciscan and rector of the Catholic University at Milan, his name was Augustine Gemelli. Together they founded the University of the Sacred Heart at Milan and when Rome called for Catholic Action against socialism, Louis Necchi was at the head of the ranks.

Louis considered his Medical profession a holy apostolate which he employed for the welfare of the souls of his patients as well as their bodies; he laboured without charge in the care of backward children.

The spirit of prayer, humility and charming cheerfulness was the strength of this model Tertiary, even though hardships demanded a heavy sacrifice from him. Professor Doctor Vico Necchi is a brilliant example of active Christianity for everyone especially for the representatives of the then modern learning and culture.

Prayer of the church

Defend us O, Lord, we beseech Thee, from all dangers of body

and soul, and mercifully grant to  peace and salvation through

the intercessions of St. Francis, so that after overcoming all adversities and errors,

Thy Church may serve Thee in liberty and peace.

Through Christ our Lord who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the
Holy Spirit, One God, for evermore. Amen


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

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