small head 4

Home>>Catholic Relics

1990 Documented reliquary theca with relics of Spanish St. Joseph Mary Pignatelli, 2nd founder of the Jesuits

Round yellow-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relic of the Saint Joseph Mary Pignatelli. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on manuscript cedula label as S. Joseph. Pig. (St. Joseph Pignatelli).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and sealed in 1990 by the Postulator General of the Order

Saint Joseph Mary Pignatelli (Spanish: José María Pignatelli) (†1811) was a Spanish priest who was the unofficial leader of the Jesuits in exile in Sardinia, after the suppression of the Society of Jesus. After St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, Pignatelli is arguably the most important Jesuit in its subsequent history, linking the two Societies, the old Society which was first founded in 1540, and the new Society which was founded 40 years after it had been suppressed by Pope Clement XIV in 1773. Pignatelli can thus be rightly considered the savior and restorer of the Society of Jesus. Pignatelli died in Rome, then under French occupation, on 15 November 1811, due to hemorrhaging resulting from his tuberculosis. His remains rest today in a reliquary under the altar of the Chapel of the Passion in the Church of the Gesù in Rome. The cause for Pagnatelli's canonization was introduced under Pope Gregory XVI. He was beatified on 21 May 1933 by Pope Pius XI, and was canonized on 12 June 1954 by Pope Pius XII.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 361-RSGSR
  • Size: 33 mm ( 1 1/3 inches) across
  • Age: ca. 1990
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: Metal, glass, silk
  • Price: $875

SAVE 5% from your first purchase when you subscribe to receive our infrequent mailings with updates on new arrivals, exclusive offers, and fascinating stories on relevant subjects. 

Please wait