FEAST DAY: MARCH 12
The founder of The Little Work of Divine Providence, which encompasses two active and two contemplative religious orders for men and women as well as a lay movement, was born in Italy’s Piedmont. After early sojourns with Franciscans and Salesians, he entered the seminary of the Diocese of Tortona and was ordained in 1895.
Always devoted to the care of others, especially the poor and sick, Don Orione established schools and learning centers, worker hostels, hospitals and homes for the elderly, disabled, sick and blind.
The members of his apostolate serve today in 300 foundations in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America. The dying words of this priest, who was canonized in 2004, were “Jesus … Jesus … Jesus.”