Aloysius of Orione


July 5, 2022

Alojzy Jan Orione, owned by Luigi Orione (born June 23, 1872 in Pontecurone, died March 12, 1940 in San Remo) - Italian Catholic priest, social and educational activist, founder of the Congregation of the Little Work of Divine Providence (Orionists), Franciscan tertiary, saint Catholic Church.


Alojzy Orione was born in Pontecurone, in the Piedmont province of Alessandria, the son of Vittorio Orione and Carolina Feltri. He attended the Oratorio Valdocco in Turin. He was one of the favorite students of Father John Bosco, also a later saint. He had health problems from the age of 13. Three years later, at the age of 16, he was present in Turin at the death bed of John Bosco. On the day of the clergyman's funeral, Alojzy was to heal miraculously (the severed finger would grow back together). In 1892, the twenty-year-old seminarian founded his own oratory, and the following year, a vocational school for the poor. On April 13, 1895, he was ordained a priest.

Orionist Congregation

Beginning in 1899, he began gathering a group of priests and seminarians, which later transformed into a congregation of the Little Work of Divine Providence (Piccola Opera della Divina Provvidenza). In 1903, this group received full permission from the church authorities to operate, and because of the name of the congregation, they are also called the Sons of Divine Providence. One of the priests belonging to the inner circle of the organization was Lorenzo Perosi, who later became the life director of the choir of the Sistine Chapel and one of the most famous contemporary composers of sacred music. Fr. Perosi was born in the same year and in the same province as Fr. Orione. They were close friends all their lives.

Later activity

In 1908, Alojzy Orione traveled to Messina and Reggio di Calabria, which were damaged by the earthquake. He spent three years there helping those in need, especially orphans. In 1915 he went to the district of Mersyka, near Rome, also damaged by an earthquake, where he founded the Congregation of the Little Missionary Sisters of Charity. After the end of World War I, Fr. Orione expanded its activities by establishing more schools, charities, and farms, always with an emphasis on helping orphans and the poor. During the next twenty years they were created all over Italy and in America. In 1931, he founded the Madonna della Guardia in Tortona, which is still the most important temple of the Orionine community to this day. Every year there is a festival in honor of the Saint's friend, the aforementioned Lorenzo Perosi.

Illness and death

In the winter of 1940, Fr. Orione suffered from a number of cardiovascular and pulmonary ailments. Reluctantly, he then went to San Remo to improve his health. On March 9, 1940, he said: It is not among the palm trees that I would like to die, but among the poor who are Jesus Christ. Three days later, surrounded by priests from his congregation, he died. His last words were Jesus, Jesus! I'm going!. Aloysius Orione was buried in Santuario di Nostra Signora della Guardia in Tortona, in a church he built in 1931, with the help of priests and acolytes in gratitude to Our Lady for the end of World War I and is the most important place of pilgrimage in the world for its worshipers .


The naturally mummified body of Fr. Aloysius Orione was exhumed in 1965. On October 26, 1980, they were placed in a crystal sarcophagus at the Shrine of Tortona. On the same day, Fr. Orione was beatified by Pope John Paul II and canonized on May 16, 2004. The liturgical memorial of Saint Aloysius Orione, priest, is celebrated in the Catholic Church on March 12. To