Salesian Holiness

Luigi Guanella

 
FILES:




Beatified on 25 October 1964
Canonised on 23 October 2011

A priest for the young and the poor

Louis Guanella was born in Fraciscio di Campodolcino in Val San Giacomo (Sondrio) 19 December 1842. The particular geographical location where he grew up formed Louis into a solid character - firm, temperate and with a spirit of sacrifice. He was always distinguished for his great faith strengthened by popular piety, a faith alive for its closeness to the poor and simple. He studied at the Gallio College in Como and in various diocesan seminaries. In 1866 he was ordained priest and, soon after, appointed parish priest at Savogno. He dedicated himself zealously to young people busying himself with helping them in their schooling and revitalising Catholic Action.

Meets Don Bosco

He was in contact with Don Bosco at the time. Fascinated by the Salesian charism, he tried opening a College for the young, but the operation didn’t go ahead. However he wanted to stay with Don Bosco, and in 1875 became a Salesian. He was in charge of the “Saint Aloysius” Oratory in Turin, and soon after was appointed Rector of the “Dupraz” College in Trinità (Cuneo). He remained in the Salesian Congregation for just three years, because the Lord had arranged otherwise: the bishop in fact called him back to the diocese. Louis had no fear of defending young people and the poor even in front of the powerful and the politicians.

Returns to the diocese and founds Congregations

This was another reason why he had to close the school he had opened for poor children in Traona. Sent by the bishop to look after a hostel for poor elderly people, he founded a group of Ursulines there, whom he organised into a Congregation: the Daughters of Our Lady of Providence. The new Congregation was dedicated to the education of youth, especially those who were poor and on the margins but also, to support and be with poor elderly folk. In Como he founded the House of Divine Providence, at the centre of which he built a Shrine to the Sacred Heart. With support from the bishop he also founded a male branch: The Servants of Charity, with the same aims.

Congregations flourish in US and Europe

His Congregations flourished in Italy, Switzerland and the United States. In support of the dying he founded the Pia Unione del Transito of Saint Joseph. He built various churches and works for emigrants and fringe-dwellers. What he gained from his experience with Don Bosco was not only a love for the young that he carried with him all his life, but in particular blind obedience and sacrifice in his relationships with his superiors. Like Don Bosco he was obedient to the bishop even when it meant suffering and misunderstanding. He died at Como 24 October 1925. He was beatified on 25 October 1964.

Declared Venerable 6 April 1962; beatified 25 October 1964 by Paul VI

 

Resources
SDL
in all languages
Scarica il file

 

Liturgy
Collect and Liturgy of the Hours
IT
Scarica il file Scarica il file

 

Graphics
in colour
Scarica il file
Graphics
Scarica il file

 

Links
Official site of the Guanelliani: www.guanelliani.it/
IT
Scarica il file
Don Guanella and Don Bosco: www.luigiguanella.com/One.html
EN
Scarica il file
Website in English: www.luigiguanella.com
EN
Scarica il file
Paintings, drawings: www.luigiguanella.com/Thumbnails.html
IT
Scarica il file
Bibliotheca Guanelliana IntraText: www.intratext.com/ODG/
IT
Scarica il file
Biblioteche dell’Opera don Guanella: www.ibisweb.it/guanella/default.htm
IT
Scarica il file
Obra don Guanella, Chile: www.donguanella.cl/
ES
Scarica il file
Cenni Biografici: www.guanelliani.it/dg_biografia.php
IT
Scarica il file
Brevissima biografia: www.donguanellafamily.org/pag3.htm
IT
Scarica il file
Opere nel mondo:www.donguanella.cl/obramundocontenido.htm
IT
Scarica il file
Discorso di Giovanni Paolo II ai partecipanti al pellegrinaggio delle famiglie religiose fondate dal beato luigi guanella: www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/
IT
Scarica il file
Il Blog dei giovani guanelliani: www.guanelliani.splinder.com/
IT
Scarica il file
Website of the Daughters of Our Lady of Providence: www.cgfsmp.org
IT
Scarica il file