St. Francis Anthony Fasani
Patron Saint of Lucera
This son of the soil became one of the most illustrious preachers in the history of the Franciscan Order.
Born Donato Antonio Giovanni Nicola Fasani on August 6, 1681 to poor peasants in the Neapolitan town of Lucera, he lost his father at the age of nine. “Giovanniello”, or “Johnnie” as he was commonly called, was sent by his step-father to the Conventual Franciscans in his native town for his education.