As a priest
of the Carmelite Order, Angelo Augustine Mazzinghi, of Florence, Italy, served successively as superior
of the order's monasteries in Le Selve, Frascati, and his native Florence. Subsequently he became the Carmelite provincial
of Tuscany. His deep personal sanctity
and ardent piety left a lasting mark
upon the religious houses he governed. His effectiveness as a preacher was commemorated in early artistic depictions of him portraying garlands of flowers issuing from his mouth and winding among those listening to him. After completing his term as Tuscan provincial, he devoted the rest of his life
to the ongoing reform of the Carmelite Order. Having recognized the spiritual dangers that arise when friars live isolated from their fellow religious, Father Angelo particularly insisted that no Carmelite could accept any office that required living outside their religious community. He was also adamant that the vow of poverty
be strictly interpreted and observed.