St. Joseph of Cupertino Patron Saint
St. Joseph of Cupertino was named the patron saint of
aviators, astronauts, and people traveling by air. He
is also the patron saint of people taking exams and
mentally challenged people. The reason St. Joseph of
Cupertino was assigned these patronages is because he
experienced the miracle of levitation, hovering above
his village and he was slow witted. The first time he
levitated happened during the feast of St.
Francis of Assisi. While the townspeople were gathered
for the procession, St. Joseph of Cupertino flew into
the sky and hovered over the townspeople. When he landed,
he was totally mortified and ran home. This levitation
happened many more times in his life and he became known
as the "Flying Saint".
Prayer to Saint Joseph of Cupertino
Dear ecstatic Conventual Saint Joseph of Cupertino
who patiently bore calumnies, your secret was Christ
the crucified Savior who said: "When I will be
lifted up I will draw all peoples to myself." You
were always spiritually lifted up. Give aviators courage
and protection, and may they always keep in mind your
greatly uplifting example. Amen.
St. Joseph of Cupertino Quote
"Clearly, what God wants above all is our will
which we received as a free gift from God in creation
and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself
to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from
God from whom all good things come that he does this.
The will is what man has as his unique possession"
(St. Joseph of Cupertino, from the reading for his feast
in the Franciscan breviary).
St. Joseph of Cupertino Today
St. Joseph of Cupertino is remembered on his feast
day, September 18. Many Catholics wear a St. Joseph
of Cupertino medal or a St. Joseph of Cupertino pendant
in memory of this miraculous saint. They pray for the
intercession of St. Joseph of Cupertino when going on
a trip by air or when taking an examination.