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Saint Luigi Guanella - October 24 Luigi Guanella (19 December 1842 – 24 October 1915) was an Italian Roman Catholic priest Fr. Guanella was ordained a priest on May 26, 1866 in Como, and was …More
Saint Luigi Guanella - October 24

Luigi Guanella (19 December 1842 – 24 October 1915) was an Italian Roman Catholic priest Fr. Guanella was ordained a priest on May 26, 1866 in Como, and was assigned to a small parish in Savogno. and is the founder of several religious institutes: the Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence (1890) and the Servants of Charity (24 March 1908) alongside his friends David Albertario and Giuseppe Toniolo. Guanella also founded the Pious Union of Saint Joseph (1914) with his supporter and first member Pope Pius X. These religious communities focused on the relief of the poor throughout the world. The Servants of Charity motto reads "In Omnibus Charitas" ("In all things Love") which became the cornerstone for Guanella's own life.

His older sister was the Servant of God Caterina Guanella (25 March 1841 - 13 June 1891).

Guanella received beatification on 25 October 1964 from Pope Paul VI and was canonized as saint of the Roman Catholic Church on 23 October 2011 in a celebration that Pope Benedict XVI celebrated in Saint Peter's Square.