Giovanni (John) Dominic Lucchesi
John Dominic was born on May 18, 1652, at Pescaglia (Lucca). He joined the Carmelites of the Mantuan Congregation in the convent of the Selve Woods near Florence on Feb. 1, 1670, and three weeks later was clothed in the habit at Lucca. He was sent to spend his novitiate in the convent of Ferrara, where he remained also after his profession on March 6, 1671 until his priestly ordination on May 30, 1676. He was transferred to Viterbo, and remained there for thirty-eight years until his death, filling the offices of sacristan, master of novices and, for six years, that of sub-prior.
Outside the convent, his constant care was to provide for the poor and the infirm. He was also extraordinary confessor of various monasteries of nuns, whom he helped by means of correspondence as well. He was characterized by a fervent devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament and a singular spirit of abnegation and humility. He taught the novices to reach perfection “by the way of love”. His spirit of prayer was outstanding, and often the Lord favored him with the gift of prophecy. As is evident from his letters, souls directed by him were spurred on to sacrifice and union with God by means of spiritual reading, mental prayer and resignation to the divine will.
He died on March 18, 1714; about three years later the informative process was begun at Viterbo and Lucca. The apostolic process began on Feb. 13, 1734. Interrupted in 1737, the cause was taken up again in 1907; but on Nov. 11, 1913, it was deferred. His body, buried first in the church of the Order in Viterbo, was transferred to Rome on March 2, 1908, to the church of Transpontina, where it rests at the foot of the altar of SS. Peter and Paul.
He left various letters of spiritual content (fifty of which have been published), some minor works of ascetical content, and some extracts or transcriptions from pious authors
“Your only concern should be to please God and to do his
Will in the wayand manner which it pleases Him to show you
through his representative. As for the rest, leave that to Him;
that is his affair and not ours.”
Ven. Giovanni (John) Dominic Lucchesi
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