Albert, Federico, Bl.
ALBERT, FEDERICO, BL.
Priest and founder of the Congregation of Vincentian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (Albertines); b. Turin, Piedmont, Italy, Oct. 16, 1820; d. Lanzo, Torinese, Italy, Sept. 30, 1876. Although Federico Albert recognized his vocation to the priesthood early in life, he could not afford to attend seminary. As an adult he passed the required examinations for candidates to the priesthood and was ordained. Albert was an able pastor of souls in several Torinese parishes, as well as a spiritual guide for other priests. He was a friend and early collaborator of St. John bosco, and himself served the young and old with special zeal. To provide the needy with further assistance, Albert founded and directed the Albertines. He was beatified by John Paul II, Sept. 30, 1984.
Feast: Sept. 30.
Bibliography: Acta Apostolicae Sedis 77 (1985): 1020–1023. L'Osservatore Romano, English edition, 44 (1984): 6–7.
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