Jesuit writer of catechetical and devotional works; b. Naples, April 1, 1621; d. Rome, Sept. 8, 1706. Agnelli entered the Society of Jesus in 1637. For a time he was professor of moral theology, and was later rector of the colleges of Montepulciano, Macerata, and Ancona, where he was also consultor of the Inquisition of the March of Ancona. He spent the last 33 years of his life in the professed house in Rome. His chief writing was Il Catechismo annuale (Macerata 1657), or Il Parrocchiano istruttore (Rome 1677, Venice 1731), which was an adaptation for parish priests and contained an explanation of the Gospel for every Sunday in the year. In addition he wrote a week's devotion to St. Joseph for the Bona Mors Sodality, four commentaries on the Exercises of St. Ignatius, a collection of meditations for a triduum, a ten-day retreat for Jesuits about to make profession, and a series of sermons for Advent and Lent.
Bibliography: t. j. campbell, The Catholic Encyclopedia 1:212. c. sommervogel, et al., Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus 1:65–68.