Saint of the day

Posted in saints by Mike on December 4, 2014

san-giovanni-calabriaThe youngest of seven brothers, John Calabria was born in Verona, Italy on October 8th, 1873, the son of Luigi Foschi and Angela Calabria. His family lived in poverty. When he was in the fourth grade, his father died and he had to interrupt his studies to find work as an apprentice: however, Don Pietro Scapini, Rector of St. Lawrence, helped him with the entrance exam for the high school seminary. John subsequently served in military and resumed his studies when he had concluded his service. In 1897, he enrolled at the Faculty of Theology Seminary with the intention of becoming a priest. One night he found an abandoned baby and welcomed him into his house, sharing the facilities.

He was ordained a priest on August 11, 1901 and was appointed curate of St. Stephen and confessor of the Seminary. In 1907 he was appointed Rector of San Benedetto del Monte, where he also cared for soldiers. On November 26, 1907, he founded the Congregation of the Poor Servants of Divine Providence. The congregation spread abroad when in 1934, four brothers were sent to India to take care of untouchables. When John Calabria died on December 4, 1954, he was 81 years old. He was beatified on April 17, 1988 and canonized on April 18, 1999.

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