In translating the Latin-text gravestone of an early 18th century Capuchin, I encounter "M.H.P." at the end of the epitaph, followed by "A.M.D.G." --for "Ad maiorem Dei gloriam". I suspect the M.H.P. may abbreviate a phrase honoring Mary, mother of Jesus. Any guesses?
Ainsworth (1749), Latin Dictionary appendix, for M.H.P. gives
Monumentum heres posuit
His heir placed the monument.
Or, especially if the name of a donor is supplied as it is here:
Superstites Missionarii (the aforementioned missionaries)
Memoriam hanc (posuit) posuerunt
(he/she)/they placed this memorial.
This section of his dictionary
Explicatio literarum et notarum frequentius in antiquis Romanorum monimentis occurrentium By Robert Ainsworth, Romani...
is available free as a Google Book see p.61
Ainsworth is less useful with abbreviations for Catholic Friars; does A.S.C.D.P.F. give the title of the Capuchin Order which sent him ? Ainsworth gives DPF 'dis penatibus fecit/ fecerunt' "for the funerary gods they did this."
Thanks for all the help. I believe we have worked out the meaning of M.H.P. in the posted inscription: "Superstites Missionarii / Memoriam Hanc Posuerunt". This could be translated as "The surviving missionaries erected this memorial"... (Careful reading of all the dates shows the inscription was made two years after P. dell Penna's death. (My apologies if I am not posting precisely as I should, I'm a newcomer.)