Miguel Battista Gran was born in Terragona (Spain). After the death of his wife, he joined the Franciscans receiving the name of Bonaventure and was sent to Barcelona. He served as cook, porter, questor and infirmarian in a number of friaries. In 1658 he was sent to Rome to promote the strict observance of the Rule. He served in Aracaeli, St Isidore’s College (as porter) and Capranica in Sutri. He was held in high esteem by the noble Barberini family and gave advice and consolation to many. He went on to found the friary of St Bonaventure on the Palatine (Rome). It was there that he died and was buried. He was beatified by St Pius X in 1906.