February 27 1862
Today is the Feast Day of St. Gabriel Possenti. Young Francis Possenti was a student of the De La Salle Brothers’ school in Spoleto, Italy, before he joined the Passionist order in 1856 with the pious religious name of Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. An exemplary seminarian aged only 23, he died of tuberculosis on this date and was canonized in 1920. The Philadelphia Protectory for Boys (near Philadelphia) was renamed St. Gabriel’s Hall to honor him in 1962.