The Clerics Regular Minor , commonly known as the Adorno Fathers, are a religious Order of priests and brothers founded by St. Francis Caracciolo, Venerable John Augustine Adorno and Fabrizio Caracciolo in 1588. Belonging to the family of Clerics Regular, they desired to sanctify themselves and the People of God by imitating in their lives the Paschal Mystery of Christ.
Saint Francis Caracciolo was born Ascanio Caracciolo on October 13, 1563 in Villa Santa Maria, Abruzzi, Italy. At twenty-two, Ascanio Caracciolo was a young man enjoying the exceedingly comfortable life available to an Italian nobleman of the sixteenth century. More pious than his comrades, he still did not allow religion to interfere with his other activities especially hunting. Then the unthinkable happened: he contracted a terrible skin disease, similar in appearance to leprosy, and apparently was going to die. Facing death was a fruitful experience for the youth; he vowed that if he recovered he would give the rest of... Read More