Blessed Angelo of Furci was known for his holiness, zeal for uprightness,
gentleness of spirit, and fervent charity.
Furci, a pretty little village near Vasto, in the Province of Chieti, there
lived a married couple, Adalitto and Albazia. Though rich and religious,
they were sad because they were advanced in years and did not yet have a
son who might gladden their old age.
Wise in their distress, they sought the Lord’s favor by passing
their days in continual prayer, fasting, and mortification, and pleading
with the divine Majesty through the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel
to whom they were very devoted. They even went on pilgrimage to Gargano,
the ancient and famous sanctuary of the unconquered archangel, and prayed
there with confidence. In time the desire of the parents was crowned by
the birth of a little boy to whom they gave the name Angelo. The year was
As a little child, Angelo was entrusted to the care of a maternal uncle,
the abbot of a nearby Benedictine monastery, Cornaclano. Under the guidance
of his uncle, Angelo very successfully developed the good dispositions present
in his noble and sensitive soul.
At that abbey Angelo studied literature and philosophy, proving himself
to be a young man of alert mind and great promise. At the age of eighteen
he lost his uncle and returned to his home. In his native place Angelo quickly
became known and esteemed as a youth of excellent gifts.
When the blessed youth had been home for a year, his father fell fatally
ill. He called his son to his bedside and told him about his birth and God’s
intervention. The father also mentioned the fact that Angelo might wish
to become an Augustinian.
Angelo chose to enter the Augustinians. He wanted to carry out this decision
immediately, but his dying father held him back. After the death of his
father, Angelo, a young man of strong and serene character, endured his
loss and supported the elderly Albazia in her sorrow.
When a year had passed since his father’s death, Angelo gave what
he had to the poor and said a moving farewell to his elderly mother and
his relatives and friends. He urged them to have a heartfelt love for one
another, and said that he would betake himself in the direction of Vasto,
without knowing where he would end up, but trusting in the help of Saint
Michael the Archangel and of the great Father, Saint Augustine. The first
building he came upon after hours of walking was precisely the monastery
of Saint Augustine.
Angelo asked to join the Augustinians. He was admitted as a novice in
1266, at twenty years of age. He made his religious vows and then spent
four years in the study of theology. After completing his theological studies,
he was ordained a priest and was sent to Paris, where the most promising
young men were assigned.
Father Angelo, who was now about twenty-five, arrived in Paris in 1271.
In Paris he met Blessed Giles of Rome, a renowned professor of the Order
of Saint Augustine, who became his teacher. Giles was filled with admiration
for the young friar. Father Angelo stayed in this city for five years, until
1276. With the degree of lector, he returned to Abruzzi in order to teach
We do not know in which convent Angelo taught; it seems, however, that
he remained in his province for about eight years. When Blessed Clement
of Osimo was once again elected prior general of the Order in 1284, he came
to Naples to preside at the provincial chapter in the monastery of Saint
Augustine. The prior general, knowing the reputation of the learned and
holy teacher, chose him to be first lector in the chair of theology at Saint
Augustine’s in Naples.
When the capitular fathers of the provincial chapter held between 1288
and 1291 were unanimous in electing Father Angelo of Furci as prior provincial,
the latter humbly refused, for he thought himself unworthy to govern. But
Blessed Clement required him to accept. He obeyed and showed by his deeds
that he was no less capable of successfully governing than of successfully
When Angelo reached the age of 81 in 1327, he fell ill and had to cease
from his labors. He died on 6 February 1327 in the monastery of Saint Augustine
His feast is celebrated by the Augustinian Family on 6 February.