St. Joseph of Cupertino: Patron of Pilots (and Nervous Passengers); Handmade Medal on Chain
I design, carve, and cast the medals myself. The medals are made of lead-free pewter and have designs on both sides. The medal comes on either an 18-inch or 24-inch chain with a lobster clasp. Each necklace comes in a felt jewelry pouch with a history card that states:
"St. Joseph of Cupertino (1603-63, a Franciscan) is the patron saint of pilots because he could fly–but without an aircraft. Unlike many miracles, there are repeated (70) sober records of these flights: before a Spanish ambassador to the papal court; before hostile Inquisitors; before a skeptical Pope Urban VIII.... The records describe him soaring high with grace and always landing gently, and for the latter, he became the patron of airline passengers. He was canonized, though, not for these feats, but for his kindness, humility, and gentleness. With that gentleness he watches over pilots and passengers alike. This medal of Joseph was handmade at In the Company of Saints."
Medal size: 1.2 in. high x .8 wide