St. Francis Caracciolo
Founder of Minor Clerks Regular
When Francis was twenty-two, he developed a skin disease similar to leprosy. The disease was incurable, but he vowed that if he was healed, he would dedicate his life to God and the service of others.
He quickly recovered after his vow and the healing was reported to be miraculous.
Francis then became a priest, and on June 1, 1588, officially began the Minor Clerks Regular, an order that combined the active with the contemplative life.
Some of the priests and brothers lived in hermitages, devoting themselves entirely to prayer and contemplation, but the others worked mainly as missionaries and attended to those in hospitals and prisons.