Francesco was born in Taranto to very poor parents. His fathers death left the 18-year-old Francesco to care for the family. Having secured their future, he entered the Friars Minor at Galatone in 1754. For 53 years he served at St. Paschals Hospice in Naples in various roles, such as cook, porter or most often as official beggar for that community.
Love God, love God was his characteristic phrase as he gathered food for the friars and shared some of his bounty with the poorall the while consoling the troubled and urging everyone to repent. The charity which he reflected on the streets of Naples was born in prayer and nurtured in the common life of the friars. The people whom Giles met on his begging rounds nicknamed him the Consoler of Naples. He was canonized in 1996.