Giovanni Battista Scalabrini
|Giovanni Battista Scalabrini|
|Born||8 July 1839
Fino Mornasco, Italy
|Died||1 June 1905
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||9 November 1997, Rome by Pope John Paul II|
|Patronage||Catholic Action, Migrants|
Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini (John Baptist Scalabrini) (8 July 1839 – 1 June 1905) was ordained priest on 30 May 1863. He was made Bishop of Piacenza in Italy, on 28 November 1887 he founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles now known as the Scalabrinian Fathers and Brothers. Its initial mission is to "maintain Catholic faith and practice among Italian emigrants in the New World." Today, they and their sister organizations, the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo (founded by Scalabrini on 25 October 1895) and Secular Institute of the Scalabrinian Missionary Women (founded 25 July 1961) minister to migrants, seafarers, refugees and displaced persons.
Scalabrini took the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and its founder under his protective wing. The movement become a target and the movement's founder had been forced into hiding. The nuns gained some protection from Scalabrini. Unfortunately the bishop died in 1905 and the movement was moved to Alessandria. In 1911 the church removed the founder from office. and Marcelline Vigano had to take over.
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