Giovanni Antonio Farina
Giovanni Antonio Farina
|Bishop of 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
|Born||January 11, 1803
Gambellara, Veneto Italy
|Died||March 4, 1888 (aged 85)
|Parents||Pedro Farina & Francisca Bellame|
|Feast day||4 March|
|Beatified||November 4, 2001
St Peter's Square, Vatican City
by Pope John Paul II
Farina was born in Gambellara, Province of Vicenza, Italy to Pedro Farina and Francisca Bellame. 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.
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.
Beatification and canonization
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".
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.
- "Giovanni Antonio Farina". The Holy See. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- "Homily of John Paul II". The Holy See. November 4, 2001. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- Terry H Jones. "Blessed Giovanni Antonio Farina". SQPN. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- Terry H Jones. "Calendar of Saints". SQPN. Retrieved February 12, 2011.