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San Luigi Guanella - October 24 donguanellamedia Ninth of thirteen children born to Lawrence and Maria Guanella, a poor but pious family. Luigi entered seminary at age twelve, and was ordained…More
San Luigi Guanella - October 24 donguanellamedia

Ninth of thirteen children born to Lawrence and Maria Guanella, a poor but pious family. Luigi entered seminary at age twelve, and was ordained on 26 May 1866. He worked with Saint John Bosco from 1875 to 1878 to care for homeless children. Youth director in Turin, Italy. Parish priest in Traona, Itay, where he opened a school for the poor; local antiCatholic Masons forced its closure in 1881.
Parish priest in Pianello del Lario, Italy in 1881 where he founded an orphanage and nursing home. In 1886 the need had outgrown the facility, and Father Luigi moved the home to a larger building which he called the Little House of Divine Providence. There he founded the Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence to minister to the residents; the congregation received papal approval in 1917, and today has over 1,200 sisters working in over 100 homes. In 1908 Luigi founded a men’s congregation, the Servants of Charity (Guanellians) which received papal approval in 1928 and 1935, and today has over 500 brothers in over 50 houses.
Father Luigi never bothered to retire, continuing to write meditations and inspirational works, and minister to those in need. Friend and advisor to Blessed Andrea Carlo Ferrari and Pope Saint Pius X. He reclaimed marsh land in the Sondrio region, and built an institute for the handicapped. He worked in the United States with Italian immigrants in 1912. In 1913 he founded the Confraternity of Saint Joseph whose mission is to pray for the dying, and which today has 10 million members. In 1915, just months before his death, Luigi went into the fields to minister to those who had been harmed by a series of earthquakes in the region.
Born
9 December 1842 in Fraciscio di Campodolcino, Sondrio, diocese of Como, Italy
Died
24 October 1915 in Como, Italy of complications from a stroke he suffered on 27 September 1915
Venerated
6 April 1962 by Pope Blessed John XXIII (decree of heroic virtues)
Beatified
25 October 1964 by Pope Paul VI at Rome, Italy
Canonized
23 October 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI