Blessed Luigi Talamoni, Priest, Founder
Monza (Milan), October 3, 1848 – Milan, January 31,1926
Ambrosian priest, Luigi Monza Talamoni was born in October 3 of 1848 and died in Milan on January 31 1926. He was a professor in seminary school in his hometown and played an intense pastoral ministry and a healthy social activity. He was responsible, along with the widow Maria Biffi Levati, for founding a congregation of women, the Misericordine San Gerardo, involved in helping the sick poor.
Roman Martyrology: In Milan, Blessed Luigi Talamoni, a priest, who, by cultivating his vocation as an educator of young people, exercised his ministry with great dedication and active participation in the difficulties of the society of his time and established the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Misericordine Gerardo.
Here is another son of the generous land of Lombardy, which in the nineteenth century gave birth to many fine figures of holiness, already listed in the number of saints and blessed, but also other on track of their official recognition with the various canonical processes still ongoing.
In this chosen host belongs Blessed Luigi Talamoni, second of six children of Joseph and Maria Angelica Hall, who was born in Monza (Milan) October 3, 1848, to parents who were poor artisans.
As a boy he attended the oratory of Carrobiolo, attached to the fathers Barnabites and directed by a special apostle, Father Luigi Villoresi (1814-1883), who then welcomed him to the clerics at the poor, which he had founded in 1862. After high school, in 1865 he entered the archiepiscopal seminary of Milan to study theology, and was ordained a priest on March 4, 1871 by Archbishop Nazari of Calabiana; he also obtained a degree in historical and philosophical subjects, at the Scientific-Literary Milan.
He had been appointed, by his superior, first to teach in the College of St. Milanese Carlo and then in seminary school in Monza, where he stayed from September 1, 1875, until the end of his life.
He was not bound to parish assignments, remained free to devote himself to teaching, he felt as a vocation, it lent generously to the priestly ministry of confession in the cathedral of Monza and nearby parishes.
That confession in the cathedral became the focal point of many souls, not only the city but also in distant countries. As a teacher and educator, he was clear and brilliant, wise and an excellent speaker, lively and original writer, formed by example and by word so many priests, is in flower in the Seminary of Monza, he is first mentioned at the Villoresi, where he continued to work as a teacher until 1901, when it was converted into college.
Also present at the bedside of the sick, he encouraged and directed the work of care initiated by Maria Biffi, ved. Levati (1835-1905), who in 1891 founded the Sisters of St. Misericordine Gerardo for whom which he wrote the first regulations.
In contrast to the principle of non-participation of Catholics in political life of the state, as a result of the “Roman Question”, resulted in the cancellation of violent millennial Papal States in 1870, Catholics in Monza, with the gradual alleviation of this provision of Pius IX, giving unconditional estimate, he became their leader in the municipal elections of 1893.
With a plebiscite vote, he was elected councilor in Monza, and held this position until 1923, when in the face of fascist violence, the council was forced to dissolve. For this inclination to direct policy, he shared with the alumni of the Institute of father Villoresi, even when the Holy See, were indications of abstention, Father Luigi Talamoni suffered in silence the many misunderstandings, especially by intransigent clergy. Misunderstandings increased, because he and his students were followers of doctrines Rosminiani, now fully rehabilitated, and because they were more open to social problems.
His efforts in social work and politics, so exceptional in that time to a priest, won the esteem even of political opponents. He was a great writer of edifying works, especially patterns of preaching the Gospels for holidays, the Marian month of May, the month of June dedicated to the S. Heart, in honor of St. Joseph, the Forty; almost all his works are still in print by Artigianelli Monza.
He died in Milan in the clinic of the Sisters of Maria Bambina, in Quadronno, January 31, 1926, but soon moved to Monza where he was tributed with solemn funeral honors, at the expense of the municipality. The body buried in the old cemetery of St. Gregory was exhumated on May 20, 1966 and translated to the chapel of the mother-house of the Sisters of St. Misericordine Gerardo.
The archbishops of Milan Montini and Schuster, held various diocesan information processes, in view of his beatification, which then went to Rome, to the competent Congregation. The beatification of Father Luigi Talamoni, was celebrated on March 21, 2004 by Pope John Paul II, in Piazza S. Peter’s in Rome.
After his death, at least 10 books of his biographical noble and holy person and his beneficent social and spiritual work in the province of Milan were printed.
The time of worship for the Church Universal is May 20, while the diocese of Milan and his congregation will remember him on October 3rd, the day of his birth and his baptism in the Cathedral of Monza.
Author: Antonio Borrelli
Source: Santi e Beati