St Guido Maria Conforti – Feast Day – November 5

Today is Monday, January 30, 2023

St Guido Maria Conforti was the Roman Catholic archbishop who founded the Xaverian Missionary Fathers.

He was born on March 30 1865 in Ravadese, Parma, Italy and died on November 5 1931 in Parma, Italy.

We celebrate his feast day on November 5 every year in the Catholic Church.

St Guido Maria Conforti Biography
St Guido Maria Conforti - Feast Day - November 5
St Guido Maria Conforti – Feast Day – November 5
Date of Birth March 30 1865
Place of Birth Ravadese, Parma, Italy
Profession Italian Archbishop and founder of the Xaverian Missionary Fathers
Place of Work Italy
Date of Death November 5 1931 (aged 66)
Place of Death Parma, Italy
Feast Day November 5
Beatification By Pope John Paul II on March 17 1996 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City
Canonization By Pope Benedict XVI on October 23 2011 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City
Patron Saint of Xaverian Missionary Fathers

Saint Guido Maria Conforti Life History

St Guido Maria Conforti was born on March 30 1865 at Ravadese, Parma, Italy. He was the eighth born of ten children. His father was Rinaldo Conforti and his mother was Antonia Adorni Conforti.

When he was young he used to have conversations with Christ crucified in his Santa Maria della Pace parish church on his way to school.

At the age of 17, he entered the seminary in Parma, Italy, and was ordained a priest on September 22 1888.

After ordination, Conforti became a Professor at the seminary and thereafter became the Vice-rector. Later on, he became the Vicar of Clergy in the diocese of Parma.

On December 3 1895, he founded the Xaverian Missionaries and they were assigned to evangelize in China.

Pope Leo XIII appointed St Guido Maria Conforti as the Archbishop of Ravenna, Italy on June 9 1902 after the death of Cardinal Agostino Gaetano Riboldi, the Archbishop of Ravenna. He was consecrated as a bishop on June 11 1902.

In October 1904, he resigned as archbishop due to poor health but on November 14 1904 he was made the Coadjutor bishop of Parma, Italy, and titular archbishop of Stauropolis.

On December 12 1907, Conforti became the bishop of Parma, Italy but retained his title as archbishop.

He visited his parishes regularly, worked for religious formation, and supported religious education for the laity and lay involvement with youth.

In 1928, Conforti travelled to China to visit the Xaverians working there. On his return back to Parma in October 1931, he fell sick and one month later he died on November 5 1931.

St Guido Maria Conforti was beatified by Pope John Paul II on March 17 1996 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 23 2011 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City.

He is the patron saint of Xaverian Missionary Fathers.

Today’s Quote:

Saint Guido Maria Conforti motto was – In omnibus Christus (“Christ in all things”)

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