Blessed Luigi Guanella, Priest and Founder
Fraciscio of Campodolcino, December 19, 1842 – Como, October 24, 1915
Luigi Guanella was born in Fraciscio of Campodolcino (Sondrio) in 1842. In 1866 he became a Priest. In his pastoral activity ahe pproached the experiences of Cottolengo and Don Bosco, who he met in Turin, with whom he spent three years. In 1881 he founded the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence. Soon they spread from Como in Italy and also to America, Asia and Africa. In Rome, with the help of Pope Pius X, was built the basilica of St. Joseph Transit. Orion Don Guanella intervened in the earthquake of Marsica: January 1915. He died a few months later. He was Beatified in 1964 by Pope Paul VI.
Roman Martyrology: At Como, Blessed Luigi Guanella, the priest who founded the Congregation of the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence to take care of the needs of the poor and the afflicted and to ensure their safety.
Source: Santi e Beati