Andrea Carlo Ferrari

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Andrea Carlo Ferrari
Cardinal, Archbishop of Milan
Andrea Carlo Ferrari - Photo.jpg
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Milan
Appointed 21 May 1894
Term ended 2 February 1921
Predecessor Luigi Nazari di Calabiana
Successor Achille Ratti (later Pius XI)
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Santa Anastasia
Ordination 20 December 1873
by Domenico Maria Villa
Consecration 29 June 1890
by Lucido Maria Parocchi
Created Cardinal 18 May 1894
by Pope Leo XIII
Rank Cardinal Priest
Personal details
Born (1850-08-13)August 13, 1850
Lalatta (Palanzano), Province of Parma, Kingdom of Italy
Died February 2, 1921(1921-02-02) (aged 70)
Milan, Kingdom of Italy
Buried Cathedral of Milan
Parents Giuseppe Ferrari & Maddalena Longarini
Previous post
Motto Tu fortitudo mea ("You are my strength")
Blessed Andrea Carlo Ferrari
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church (Archdiocese of Milan)
Beatified 10 May 1987 by Pope John Paul II
Patronage Archdiocese of Milan

Blessed Andrea Carlo Ferrari (13 August 1850 – 2 February 1921) was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the Archbishop of Milan.[1]


Early life[edit]

Cardinal Ferrari's body in the Cathedral of Milan

Ferrari was born in the village of Lalatta, part of the comune of Palanzano, in the Province of Parma. He felt called to serve as a priest and was educated at the seminary in Parma. He was ordained to the priesthood on 20 December 1873 for the Diocese of Parma, where he served from 1874 until 1890.[1]

Ferrari served as Vice-rector of its seminary and professor of physics and mathematics in 1875 and became its rector in 1877. He was professor of fundamental theology, ecclesiastical history and moral theology at the seminary in 1878, and published the Summula theologiae dogmaticae generalis (A Short Summary of General Dogmatic Theology) in 1885, which proved to be a respected work in the field.[1]


Pope Leo XIII appointed Ferrari the Bishop of Guastalla on 30 May 1890, and he was consecrated a bishop on 29 June by Cardinal Lucido Parocchi, then the Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals. He was transferred to the Diocese of Como a year later.[1]


Pope Leo XIII raised Ferrari to the cardinalate, making him Cardinal Priest of the Basilica di Sant'Anastasia al Palatino,[2] in the consistory of May 18, 1894 and on 21 May 1894 he was transferred to the Archdiocese of Milan. Shortly after his appointment to Milan he took Carlo as a middle name in honour of St. Charles Borromeo who was once Cardinal Archbishop of Milan. Ferrari participated in the conclaves of 1903, that elected Pope Pius X and 1914, that elected Pope Benedict XV.[1]

Ferrari died from throat cancer in 1921 in Milan, and was buried in his cathedral.[1]


Ferrari was revered by the people of Milan for the holiness of his life and his cause for canonization was officially opened by Pope John XXIII on 10 February 1963. Pope Paul VI proclaimed him to be Venerable on 1 February 1975. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 10 May 1987. His feast day is listed on 2 February in the Roman martyrology. In the Ambrosian Rite of Milan it is celebrated on 1 February.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ferrari, Andrea Carlo". Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. 
  2. ^ Catholic Hierarchy

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Luigi Nazari di Calabiana
Archbishop of Milan
21 May 1894–February 2, 1921
Succeeded by
Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti
Preceded by
Carlo Laurenzi
Cardinal Priest of Sant'Anastasia
Succeeded by
Michael von Faulhaber