Many believe Joe Reali was a “saint.”
Yet, Joe wasn’t “average” and spent his short life on earth serving God and his neighbor. He prayed the Rosary, attended daily Mass and frequently brought other people to church. His evangelical joy attracted many people, which is why 3,000 people attended his funeral when died from a heart condition in 2015.
Shortly before he died Joe joined the Knights of Columbus, though he never lived to be initiated. On account of his amazing life, the local Knights of Columbus decided to name their new council after him, the Joseph Mario Reali Council 16261. Since then, the council has grown tremendously and the men continue to be deeply inspired by Joe’s witness of faith.
His life was very similar to that of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, another young man who enjoyed life and brought others closer to Christ. Not surprisingly, Joe’s sister Luciana called him while he was on retreat and alerted him to Frassati, saying, “Joe, I found your perfect saint!”
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