From governor to prisoner to...
He was so impressive as a governor that he was chosen to carry out a critical diplomatic assignment in a time of war.
That particular assignment didn't go well: John ended up in prison.
While in prison, John decided to dedicate his life to Christ. He joined the Franciscans and became a traveling preacher.
John was so successful as a preacher, that when he came to preach in a town, all the stores would close and the people would come to hear him.
When he was 70, he was called to rally the people to repel a massive invasion. The invaders were turned back, but John died of natural causes near the field of battle 553 years ago today. Saint John Capistrano was canonized in 1724.
A little over fifty years later, another Franciscan friar would name a new Mission Church after John, calling it in Spanish "San Juan Capistrano."
(adapted from an earlier post)