Blessed Giovanni Piamarta, 1841 -1913
A priest of the diocese of Brescia; founder, Congregation of the Holy Family. Born November 26, 1841 in Brescia, Italy.
Blessed John Piamarta (1841-1913) was born in Brescia on November 26, 1841 and, after an adolescence made difficult by the economic conditions of the family, he was ordained priest on December 24, 1865. He is known as the founder of Artigianelli, a work dedicated to youth. He was born, in fact, to meet the material and spiritual needs of young people who went to work in Brescia. Raccoglieva the legacy of the Children of Mary Immaculate founded by Blessed Lodovico Pavoni. Piamarta and his friend Pedro Kids – with whom he shared the pastoral experience nell’oratorio Brescia – put the work under the protection of Saints Philip Blacks and Luigi Gonzaga. To continue the work, Pia Piamarta founded a society of priests, clerics and brothers and a congregation of women, the Poor Servants of the Holy Family of Nazareth. In 1926 his body was translated in the church of Artigianelli, and its Opera has also expanded abroad, has many homes and hundreds of members. He was beatified by Pope John
Paul II on October 12, 1997.