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The last Sunday of every August, the Catholics of Noto, Sicily, celebrate a devotional feast in honor of San Corrado of Noto, a hermit and member of the Third Order of St. Francis, who lived in the 13th century.

During my stay at the Santuario della Madonna della Scala (2010-2011) I had the grace to attend several processions in the Saints honor.

San Corrado is little known even in the Order, but he is a powerful saint, who still works miracles for his faithful; appears to them, gives them counsel, and inspires them to seek first the Kingdom of God.

The photo, above, I took, during the procession to the grotto of San Corrado, in the summer of 2010.  The silver beaten Ark, contains the relics of the Saint: his bones, beard, and some of his clothing.

I will be eternally grateful to God, that in December of 2010, the Bishop of Noto, by decree, granted me the status of a hermit in the diocese, the first such recognition of hermit since about the time of Napoleon, though others have lived in the diocese without official recognition. I obtained this favor, I  believe, through the intercession of St. Corrado, from whom I specifically asked it, when I first wrote the Bishop of Noto.

Here are some more photos:  First, the Bearers of St. Corrado bearing the saint’s Ark, in the piazza in front of his ancient Hermitage.

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 Second, the Facade of the Church of San Corrado, at the Hermitage, just outside Noto:

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Next, the bearers carrying the Ark along the narrow path leading up to the Church:

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Next, the Ark is borne in procession at Night time, in the City of Noto, on his feast day, and on the Last Sunday of August (here seen in 2010):

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Per quelli che leggono Italiano, una breve biografia del Santo.

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