March 23rd is the Saints' Day of Sant Josep Oriol, who was a 17th century priest who tended the sick in Barcelona, and the day is motive for a festival in the Barri del Pi.
Josep Oriol i Bogunyà was born on November 23rd 1650 and baptised on the same day at Sant Pere de les Puel·les although his family lived in the Barri de la Ribera and he was schooled at Santa Maria del Mar.
He obtained a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Barcelona in 1674 and was ordained as priest in 1676 exercising his ministry at Oratori de Sant Felip Neri and mainly at the Parish of Santa Maria del Pi.
Hoping to experience martyrdom, he went to Rome in April 1698 to offer himself for the foreign missions but fell ill at Marseilles and returned to Barcelona.
He is said to have prophetic and miraculous powers and apparently, instantly cured the dying, the blind, the deaf and dumb, the lame, and the paralytic.
He died on March 23rd 1702 and his tomb is in the Santa Maria del Pi Church in Barcelona.
Josep Oriol was beatified by Pius VII in 1806, and canonised by Pius X in 1909 and his feast is celebrated on March 23rd.
March 23rd is the Saints' Day of Sant Josep Oriol, who was a 17th century priest who tended the sick in Barcelona, and the day is motive for his festival in the Barri del Pi.