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Saint of the Day: Bl. Giuseppe Antonio Tovini

A “Great Social Apostle”

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Husband, Father and Secular Franciscan (1841-1897)

His life

+ Giusseppe was born in Brescia, Lombardy, and became a lawyer after completing his studies.

+ From 1871 to 1874, he served as martyr of Cividate Camuno and he made important decisions that benefited the town, including establishing banks and constructing railway lines. Later in his life, he would also open banks in Breno, Brescia, and Milan.

+ In 1875, he married Emilia, and the couple had ten children.

+ Giuseppe became a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and used his wealth and influence to help establish a Catholic newspaper, a Catholic kindergarten and other Catholic schools, as well as a number of other Catholic organizations.

+ Blessed Giuseppe Tovini died on January 16, 1897, and was beatified in 1998.

For prayer and reflection

His was a prophetic vision and he responded with apostolic daring to the needs of the times, which in the light of new forms of discrimination required of believers a more incisive leadership in temporal affairs… look to this great social apostle, who was able to give hope to those without voice in the society of his time, so that his example will be an incentive and encouragement to everyone to work generously today and always to defend and to spread the truth and the demands of the Gospel.”—Pope Saint John Paul II at the beatification of Blessed Giuseppe Antonio Tavini

Spiritual bonus

Giuseppe Antonio Tavini was the uncle and godfather of Blessed Mosé Tavini. This parish priest, seminary teacher and administrator, and trainer of catechists died in 1930 and was beatified in 2006. His memory is celebrated by the Church on January 28.

Prayer

O God, who in your Saints have given an example and brought us protection in our weakness to help us tread the path of salvation, mercifully grant that we, who honor the heavenly birthday of blessed Giuseppe, may, through his example, make our way to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Holy Men and Women—For One Saint)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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