St John Joseph of the Cross was born on the island of Ischia on the 15th August 1654. He was known for his devotion to charity and simple living. This saint had a sense of holiness and this prompted his superiors to put him in charge of establishing a new friary even before he was ordained. John Joseph was a man of obedience and he accepted appointments as novice master, guardian and provincial. His years of mortification enabled him to offer these services to the friars with great charity. St John Joseph died on the 5th March 1734 and was canonised in 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI. He is the patron saint of Ischia, Italy.
Fr. Anthony Casamento
Fr Anthony is a priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel, and is currently the Director of Identity and Mission at the Australian Catholic University.