Saint Lorenzo da Brindisi
Giulio Cesare Russo was born in Brindisi in Puglia on 22 July 1559. On 19 February 1575 he took the Capuchin habit in Verona and vows on 24 March 1576, and ordained priest 18 December 1582. His many skills in different kinds of service saw him re-elected Definitor General with the task of founding the Order in Bohemia (Hungary). In the course of the year 1600 he founded two friaries, in Vienna and Graz, and contributed to the victory at Albareale (Székesfehérvár) in Hungary in October 1601.Lorenzo was elected Capuchin Vicar General 24 May 1602 and visited on foot all the European Provinces. At the beginning of 1606 Paul V ordered him to return to Bohemia. Between 1607 and 1609 the composed the apologetic work Lutheranismi hypotyposis. In 1613, as Definitor General, he visited the Province of Genoa and is elected minister provincial. From 1614 to 1619 he undertook many diplomatic missions.He died in Lisbon 22 July 1619 and his body was transported to Villafranca del Bierzo (Galicia) and buried in the monastery of the discalced Franciscan nuns. Pius Vi beatified him on 23 May 1783 and he was canonised by Leo XIII on 8 December 1881. His Opera omnia were published between 1928 and 1956. John XXIII proclaimed him Doctor of the Church (“Apostolic Doctor”) on 19 March 1959.