St. Joseph of Cupertino - Patron saint of aviators and the mentally handicapped
St. Joseph of Cupertino was a 17th century Neapolitan friar. As a child, Joseph was given the nickname “The Gaper” for the distinctly vacant expression that he sported frequently. While some attribute this dazed look to his notedly less-than-acute mental faculties, others believe that it was simply the result of the ecstatic visions that he was known to have. Joseph’s other miraculous powers, aside from his supernatural visions, include random bouts of levitation, and the apparent ability to detect sinners based on their scent. He was detained for several weeks during the Inquisition and eventually exiled to Assisi. He died at the age of 60 from an undetermined illness, with increased episodes of flight and ecstatic vision as a result of his fever.