St Giovanni Battista Rossi – Feast Day – May 23

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St Giovanni Battista Rossi, also known as John Baptist Rossi, was a priest born on February 22 1698 in Voltaggio, Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy, and died on May 23 1764 at the age of 66 in Rome, Papal States. We celebrate his feast day on May 23 every year in the Catholic Church.

Saint Giovanni Battista Rossi Life History

Date of Birth February 22 1698
Country/Place of Birth Voltaggio, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
Profession Priest
Place of Work Italy
Date of Death May 23 1764 (aged 66)
Place of Death Rome, Papal States
Feast Day May 23
Beatification By Pope Pius IX on May 13 1860 at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Papal States
Canonization By Pope Leo XIII on December 8 1881 at Saint Peter’s Basilica
Patron Saint of Voltaggio

Saint Giovanni Battista Rossi Short life History

Saint Giovanni Battista Rossi is also known as
• John Baptist de Rossi
• John Baptist Rossi
• John Baptist de Rubeis

• He was one of four children born to Charles de Rossi and Frances Anfossi.
• He was taken by a wealthy noble couple to Genoa, Italy for schooling. There he met some Capuchin friars who thought well of him, and helped him continue his education in Rome, Italy.
• He studied under the Jesuits at the Roman College at age 13.
• He was a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin and the Ristretto of the Twelve Apostles.
• He weas epileptic. His self-imposed acts of austerity nearly broke his health, and he never completely regained his strength.
• He studied philosophy and theology under the Dominicans.
• He was ordained on 3 March 1721, assigned to Rome.

• He helped start a hospice for homeless women near Saint Galla’s hospice in Rome.
• He became canon of Santa Maria, Cosmedin in 1737; he used his compensation from the position to purchase an organ for the church.
He was a missioner and catechist to the teamsters, farmers, herdsmen, homeless, sick, beggars, prostitutes, and prisoners of the Campagna region. For many years, John was avoiding hearing confessions for fear he would have a seizure in the confessional, but the bishop of Civitá Castellana convinced him it was part of his vocation. John relented, and soon became a sought-after confessor in Rome; he once said that the shortest road to heaven was to guide others there by the confessional.
• He was a sought-after preacher.
• He was assigned as a catechist to many government and prison officials, including the public hangman.
• He was a miracle worker.
• He always had a special devotion to Saint Aloysius Gonzaga.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

Saint Giovanni Battista Rossi was born on 22 February 1698 at Voltaggio, diocese of Genoa, Italy and died on 23 May 1764 at Trinita dei Pellegrini, Italy of multiple strokes. His relics are initially at Saints Trinita church before being translated to Saint John Baptist Rossi parish church in Rome, Italy in 1965.

Saint Giovanni Battista Rossi
Saint Giovanni Battista Rossi

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