Saint Joseph of Copertino, Giuseppe da Copertino, Joseph Desa, the Flying Friar, the Gaper
Date of Birth:
June 17, 1603
Date of Death:
September 18, 1663
Saint Joseph had ecstasies and the gift of levitation. This is why he is called the Flying Friar.
He was best known for his prayerfulness, humility, and cheerfulness. Even in the face of oppression, Saint Joseph never wavered in his cheerfulness and well-mannered ways.
Saint Joseph of Cupertino, O.F.M. Conv., (Italian: San Giuseppe da Copertino) (June 17, 1603 – September 18, 1663) was an Italian Franciscan friar who is honored as a mystic and a saint. He was said to have been remarkably unclever, but prone to miraculous levitation and intense ecstatic visions that left him gaping. In turn, he is recognized as the patron saint of air travelers, aviators, astronauts, people with a mental handicap, test takers, and poor students. He was canonized in 1767.