The Very Reverend Father Vincenzo Cappiello OFM

Vocations “come and follow me”

The Very Reverend Father Vincenzo Cappiello OFM

Custos of the Holy Land (29.05.1962 - 17.08.1968)
 of the Custody of the Holy Land (Start of his rule: 14.06.1962).

He was born on 1st January 1919 in Meta di Sorrento, in the province of Naples. He was a pupil of the Santa Chiara Franciscan College in Naples until 1932 and then attended the one in Emmaus until 1935, where he completed his gymnasium studies.

He went to Nazareth as a Franciscan novice on 14th September 1935; after having made his simple profession on 15th September 1936, he was transferred to the Bethlehem convent to study philosophy from 1936 to 1939. On 24th March 1940, still in Bethlehem, he was admitted to the Solemn Profession. He studied theology in Bethlehem for a year (1939-1940) and for three more years in Emmaus, where the Italian Franciscans were interned during the Second World War. He was ordained a priest on 6th January 1944 under the hands of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Mons. Luigi Barlassina in the Cathedral of the Patriarchate.

He took a degree in Canon Law in Washington in 1951 at the Catholic University of America. His thesis, "De Ordinariorum dispensandi facultate ad normam can. 81", was published in Alexandria the following year. He was sent to Egypt, where he held the following positions: officer of the Apostolic Vicariate of Alexandria (1951-1956); chancellor of the same Vicariate on several occasions; Delegate Vicar from 1954 to 1956; Superior and parish priest of Maadi, near Cairo, from 1956 to 1962.

After his term of office

After his term as Custos, Father Lino stayed in Rome where he was appointed to settle the bureaucratic problems concerning the new Terra Sancta College. At the end of 1968 he was elected a member of the Italian Commission for the presentation of the new General Constitutions. At the end of this appointment, he returned to the Holy Land and was based at the Terra Sancta College, waiting for the "Christian Information Centre" to be completed, of which he was to become director.

On 27th April 1971, at the Terra Sancta College of Jerusalem, after dinner, whilst he was enjoying some recreation, Father Lino had a heart attack and died almost immediately, assisted by two brothers who were there with him. He was 52 years old.

He was buried in our cemetery on Mount Zion, but on the request of his brother Filippo, his bones were taken to Meta di Sorrento in 1989.


Events calendar


Vigil of Christmas. Bethlehem: 13.30 Entrance of the Archbishop & I Vespers - 16.00 Procession - 23.30 Office & 00.00 Mass - 1.45 Procession to the Grotto


Nativity of the Lord. Bethlehem (St. Catherine): 10.00 Mass Shepherds' Field (Greek & Catholic): 14.00 Pilgrimage


Feast St. Stephen, Protomartyr. St. Stephen: 16.00 Pilgrimage


Feast of the Holy Innocents. Bethlehem:10.00 Mass - 14.00 II Vespers (Vicar CTS)


Octave of Christmas. Beit Sahour: Holy Angels ad pastores

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