Saint of the day

Posted in saints by Mike on December 5, 2014

Phillip Rinaldi was born on May 28, 1856 in Piedmont, Italy. He met Don Bosco when he was just five years old and intuitively recognized that Don Bosco was a man with a great mission. Though he felt a call to a religious vocation, Philip was torn and seriously considered marriage before he decided to become a disciple of Don Bosco at age 22. At the age of 22, he entered the Salesian Order at the end of a tremendous vocational struggle. Phillip RinaldiDespite his ambivalence before entering the Salesians, he was made assistant novice master even before he pronounced his vows and was placed in charge of those with late vocations. He was ordained a priest in 1882. He soon became the Salesian provincial superior in Spain, where he opened many new houses. He subsequently served as vicar-general of the Salesians and ultimately became the Rector Major in 1922, the third successor of Don Bosco. Phillip Rinaldi traveled extensively, preaching, encouraging vocations, and promoting the spiritual life of the laity. During his tenure the number of Salesians increased from 6,000 to 10,000, there were 250 new houses and centers opened, and his teacher Don Bosco was canonized. His humble and quiet leadership of the order–he preferred to remain in the background of events, unnoticed in the crowd–combined with his tremendous saintly virtue and apostolic zeal and a healing miracle attributed to him at the end of the Second World War, prompted his cause for canonization. He died on December 5, 1931 in Turin, and was beatified on April 29, 1990.

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