Giovanni Antonio Farina

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Giovanni Antonio Farina
Bishop of Vicenza
Diocese Vicenza
Appointed September 28, 1860
Term ended March 4, 1888
Predecessor Giovanni Giuseppe Cappellari
Successor Antonio Maria De Pol
Other posts Bishop of Treviso (1850-1860)
Ordination January 15, 1827
Consecration September 20, 1850
by Giovanni Giuseppe Cappellari
Personal details
Born January 11, 1803
Gambellara, Veneto Italy
Died March 4, 1888 (aged 85)
Vicenza, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Catholic
Parents Pedro Farina & Francisca Bellame
Feast day 4 March
Beatified November 4, 2001
St Peter's Square, Vatican City
by Pope John Paul II

Blessed Giovanni Antonio Farina (January 11, 1803 – March 4, 1888) was an Italian Catholic bishop known for his compassionate treatment of the poor and his enlightened views of education.[1]

He was beatified in 2001 by Pope John Paul II and is scheduled to be canonized in 2014 after Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to his intercession.[2]

Early life[edit]

Farina was born in Gambellara, Province of Vicenza, Italy to Pedro Farina and Francisca Bellame.[3] He was the second of five brothers. Following the death of his father, Farina was mentored by his uncle Antonio, a priest. At the age of 15, he entered the seminary in Vicenza.[1]


At the age of 21, Farina began teaching at the seminary, where he continued to serve for 18 years. He was ordained priest on January 15, 1827. In 1831 he founded the first school for poor girls in Vicenza, and in 1836, the Institute of the Sisters Teachers of Saint Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts (Italian: Suore Maestre di Santa Dorotea, figlie dei Sacri Cuori). The Sisters taught at the girls' school, and also cared for the sick and elderly.

On May 25, 1850, Farina was appointed Bishop of Treviso. He was ordained bishop on January 19, 1851, by Giovanni Giuseppe Cappellari, Bishop of Vicenza, assisted by Bernardo Antonino Squarcina, O.P., Bishop of Adria, and Federico Manfredini, Titular Bishop of Famagusta.

On September 18, 1858, Farina ordained as priest Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, the future Pope Saint Pius X.

On June 18, 1860, Farina was appointed Bishop of Vicenza, a position he held until his death in 1888. In 1869 and 1870 he attended the First Vatican Council.

Beatification and canonization[edit]

The cause for Farina's beatification started in 1990, therefore, he was granted the title of Servant of God. On April 24, 2001, he was proclaimed Venerable due to the recognition of his "heroic virtues".

Farina was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 4, 2001.[2] March 4 was designated as his memorial day.[4]

Pope Francis signed a decree on 3 April 2014 that recognized a miracle that had been attributed to his intercession which paved the way for Farina's canonization. The date of his canonization, alongside five others, is scheduled to take place on 23 November 2014 at the Vatican.


  1. ^ a b "Giovanni Antonio Farina". The Holy See. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Homily of John Paul II". The Holy See. November 4, 2001. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ Terry H Jones. "Blessed Giovanni Antonio Farina". SQPN. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ Terry H Jones. "Calendar of Saints". SQPN. Retrieved February 12, 2011.