Capistran Capestranus, Johannes von, Heiliger#
b. Capestrano (Italy), June 24, 1386, d. Ujlak-Ilok near Belgrade (Yugoslavia), Oct. 23, 1456; Franciscan monk, itinerant preacher. Came to Vienna in 1451, where he founded the first monastery of the Franciscans in Austria near St. Theobald auf der Laimgrube; participated in the Christianisation of the Hussites in Moravia; 1454 in Vienna, preached in favour of a crusade against the Turks; canonised in 1690. In 1430 the wooden "C. pulpit" was placed in "Stephansfreithof", the graveyard by St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna but in 1752 a stone replica was made and moved into the corner of the North choir of the cathedral.
Works#J. v. C., Reden und Traktate, ed. by E. Jacob, 1905.
Literature#J. Hofer, J. v. C., 1964; S. Andríc, The Miracles of St. John Capistran, 2000.