|Birth: ||Jan. 15, 1811|
|Death: ||Jun. 23, 1860|
Saint Don Giuseppe Cafasso was born in Castelnuovo d'Asti in the Piedmont, Italy, in 1811, of peasant parents. He studied at the Seminary of Turin, and was ordained to the Priesthood in 1833. He pursued his Theological Studies at the Seminary and the University of Turin and later at the Institute of St. Francis, and despite suffering from a frail health, which left him with a deformed spine, he became a brilliant Lecturer in Moral Theology in the named Institute.
A popular teacher, he actively opposed Jansenism, and fought state intrusion into Church affairs. He succeeded Don Luigi Guala as Rector of the Institute in 1848, and made a deep impression on his young students with his holiness and insistence on discipline and high standards. He was a highly sought Confessor and Spiritual Adviser to many, ministering mainly to prisoners and working to improve their terrible conditions.
He met Don Giovanni Bosco in 1827, and the two became close friends. It was through Joseph's encouragement that Bosco decided his Vocation was working with abandoned boys, later founding for them the famous Oratory of Turin. Cafasso was his adviser, worked closely with him in his foundations, and convinced others to fund and found Religious Institutes and Charitable Organizations. Known as "Il Prete della Forca", he assisted hundreds of condemned prisoners facing their execution.
Don Cafasso died aged only 49, in Turin and was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1947.
Basilica Santuario della Consolata
Provincia di Torino
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jun 16, 2008
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