Born in Italy into a large family and baptized Francis, he lost his mother when he was only four years old. He was educated by the Jesuits and, having been cured twice of serious illnesses, came to believe that God was calling him to the religious life. Young Francis wished to join the Jesuits but was turned down, probably because of his age, not yet 17.

Following the death of a sister to cholera, his resolve to enter religious life became even stronger and he was accepted by the Passionists. Upon entering the novitiate he was given the name Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. Ever popular and cheerful, Gabriel quickly was successful in his effort to be faithful in little things. His spirit of prayer, love for the poor, consideration of the feelings of others, exact observance of the Passionist Rule as well as his bodily penances—always subject to the will of his wise superiors— made a deep impression on everyone.

His superiors had great expectations of Gabriel as he prepared for the priesthood, but after only four years of religious life symptoms of tuberculosis appeared. Ever obedient, he patiently bore the painful effects of the disease and the restrictions it required, seeking no special notice. He died peacefully on February 27, 1862, at age 24, having been an example to both young and old. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows was canonized in 1920.

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  1. Oh Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, please pray for me and my family. Please intercede in mine and my families health, well being, and ask Jesus and God our Father in Heaven to grant us everlasting life and mercy.


  2. Dear St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrow, help me to follow your religiours life. To be faithful in little things,spirited in prayers , love for the poor, passionate and caring for others. Thank you for your priesthood and religious life in the church,Amen.

  3. St Gabriel, please intercede for me for the next phase of my life. Leaving my abusive husband is a decision that has been a long time coming….give me strength.

    • I will pray for you too. Stay courageous! You made a very very brave move. Keep your faith in God and accept His guidance. Be proud of your strength but ask God for more. Your journey is a long one to come, but with Prayers and intervention from this beautiful young Saint you will have some powerful holy Men beside you. I am praying for you to be safe. God bless you Bernadette ( I chose St. Bernadette for my confirmation). Sending love and prayers. …

  4. St. Gabriel please pray for me to live a life of chastity and becomefaithful to our lord Jesus Christ……with the constant assistance of Our Mother of Sorrow.


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