Saint of the Day – March 12 – Saint Luigi Orione

The Memorial of Saint Luigi Orione

Saint Luigi Orione Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersPriests who became Saints

Saint Luigi Orione brief life History

Date of Birth June 23, 1872
Country of Birth Italy in Europe
Profession Priest and founder of religious congregation called the Sons of Divine Providence.
Place of Work Italy
Date of Death March 12, 1940 (aged 67)
Place of Death Sanremo, Liguria, Kingdom of Italy
Feast Day March 12
Beatification By Pope John Paul II on October 26, 1980 in Vatican City
Canonization By Pope John Paul II on May 16, 2004 in Vatican City
Patron Saint of

Saint Luigi Orione Short life History

Saint Luigi Orione is also known as Aloysius Orione

Saint Luigi Orione joined the Franciscans at Voghera, Italy as a young man, but developed severe health problems and returned to his family. Studied under Saint John Bosco at Turin, Italy, was present at Saint John’s death, and was cured of his illness during Saint John’s funeral.

Studied at the seminary in Tortona, Italy. While still a layman and student, he opened San Luigi House at San Bernardino in 1893, a home for the poor, homeless and abandoned. Ordained on 13 April 1895.

Founded the Hermits of Divine Providence congregation, the Ladies of Divine Providence, and an orphanage in Rome, Italy in 1899. Under the patronage of Pope Saint Pius X, he founded the Little Missionaries of Charity. Constructed the Marian shrine at Tortona, a site that became a rallying point for people during times of political unrest.

To administer the houses of his congregations, Luigi travelled the world, visiting houses in Wales, Brazil, the United States, and throughout Italy.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

Saint Luigi Orione was born on 23 June 1872 at Pontecurone, Allessandria, Italy. He died on 12 March 1940 at San Remo, Imperia, Italy from heart disease. His body found intact when exhumed in 1965. It was interred at the shrine of Our Lady of Safe Keeping, Tortona, Italy.

Saint Luigi Orione
Saint Luigi Orione