September 30: Blessed Federico Albert

Blessed Federico Albert
1820 – 1876


One Response to September 30: Blessed Federico Albert

  1. Nan says:

    From Santiebeati and googlematic translations:

    Another major figure of holiness, nell’Ottocento flourished in the city of Turin, which despite being named a crossroads of a hypothetical Satanism, has given the Church and the world many Catholic saints, blessed and venerable, who have honored their Turin with the fruit of their works social welfare foundations of religious orders and congregations.

    Included among these blessed is Frederick Albert, who was born in Turin on October 16 1820, the first of the six children of Lucia Riccio and General Luigi Albert, of Staff of the United Sabaudo. We know that he spent his childhood with his grandparents, but not where he attended primary school.

    When he was 15, the family was convinced that he was inclined to a military career, and his father got him admitted to the Turin military. Suddenly, however, there was a turning point in the life of the young Frederick, because one day while he was praying in the church of S. Philip, at the altar of Blessed Sebastian Valfrè (1629-1710) Oratorian Turin, he felt the inspiration to become a priest.

    His father was surprised and disappointed at the same time, however, not opposed, and so at 16 years, in the autumn of 1836, Frederick Albert put the habit cassock, beginning his training at the religious clergy of the Church of Oratorians; while on his cultural enrolled in the Faculty of Theology at the Royal University of Turin, graduating in theology on May 19 1843, following the June 10 he was ordained a priest.

    For the position of his father and for his outstanding talents in the priesthood, he reported to the Savoy Court, and so in 1847, King Carlo Alberto appointed him chaplain of the Court; father Frederick Albert drilled isolate himself from this office without the need for external apostolic Court, and then he became interested in raising money to meet the needs of the poor and derelict, like those in Turin in Italy, where there were many poverty-stricken in those days.

    During the time in which he lived at the Savoy Court, the relationship between church and state was difficult; that species in Piedmont, the fulcrum of the Italian Risorgimento, were quite traumatic, putting many Catholics to the test.

    Father Albert used throughout the consistency and feel as possible, offering suggestions in line with the Gospel, deserving even the estimate of the king Vittorio Emanuele II and his family.

    But his dissatisfaction with not being able to practice his priestly ministry full-time, made him leave his post at Court and appeared to s. John Bosco, who in those years of revolution in Turin, focused on the catechesis and education of youth

    Don Bosco welcomed Federico among his employees and gave him the job in 1848, to preach the Spiritual Exercises of young dell’Oratorio Valdocco. Yet for two years from 1850 to 1852 he dedicated himself to the ministry at the parish of St. Carlo; in 1852 he took the post of vicar and then as a parish priest at Lanzo Torinese.

    At that time the country Lanzo had a significant business for its market became the center of the upper valley but also the countries of canavese plain, but had not yet an industry and therefore its economy was relatively weak; Father Albert made Lanzo Torinese the center of educational and social institutions of high and low valley.

    His program pastor in written records, which he put into the parish house of “The Good Shepherd gives his life for his sheep” and that his profession until his death. He founded the kindergarten in 1858 entrusted to the Sisters of Charity, in 1859 founded the orphanage for abandoned girls; in 1866 he built a primary school for girls, with courses in French, drawing, music and preparation to become teachers.

    His work was greatly appreciated and disseminated, because at that time, especially in rural areas, girls were prevented from accessing education, in 1864 John Bosco at opened a Lanzo Oratorio, which then became a college for boys.

    In the pastoral indisse missions for the people, who devoted all himself, day and night; great preacher various times held the retreat for clergy and lay people. At the end in 1869, to ensure the continuity of its educational works, father Albert founded the Institute of “Sisters of Mary Immaculate Vincenzina” today known as “Sister Albertine”, based on urgency of local charity and in the forms of apostolate time, today they do their ‘service’ in the real fields of education, education, assistance, and can go anywhere, without waiting for the wheels of bureaucracy.

    He rejected proposals to become bishop of the diocese of Biella and Pinerolo, to stay next to his parish work. In the wake of the “labor question” which exploded in Italy at that time, Father Albert understood the importance of opening a “peasant question” and in 1873 founded Colonia Agricola farmers to form honest religious experts.

    It was in the vicinity of Cologne Agricola, that Father Federico Albert, lost his life in an accident because he fell from un’impalcatura mounted temporarily, to apply the festoons at a time of the Chapel, which was built for the Oratory parish.
    He fell from seven meters up, which resulted in a head injury which became fatal; he was transported by rescuers to the parish house, where they immediately realized the seriousness of his condition, he was administered the last sacraments and to his bedside even noticed John Bosco, who was visiting at the Salesian Lanzo; father Albert died two days later, on the morning of September 30 1876.

    Initially buried in the cemetery of Lanzo, in 1877 his remains were moved to the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Mary, in the parish church of St. Pietro in Vincoli. Peter in Chains.

    He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 30 1984.

    Autore: Antonio Borrelli Author: Antonio Borrelli

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