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Saint of the Day: Joseph Cafasso

June 23rd, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:


St. Joseph Cafasso

Feast Day: June 23

Born in Italy’s Piedmont region, Joseph studied at a seminary near Turin. He was ordained a diocesan priest in 1833, and continued studies in

St. Joseph Cafasso (Wikimedia Commons PD/USA)

St. Joseph Cafasso (Wikimedia Commons PD/USA)

theology at the Institute of St. Francis in Turin. Despite having a twisted spine, Joseph became a popular lecturer at the institute and in 1848 its rector. He was a wise mentor to his priest students, including St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, with whom he had an enduring friendship. He was a well-known confessor and spiritual adviser, and an advocate for prisoners, accompanying more than 60 condemned men to their public execution by hanging.


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