- Francis Pianzola
- Apostle of Lomellina
Born to a farming family. Studied at the seminary of Vigevano, Italy, and was ordained on 16 March 1907. He became an itinerant preacher, ministering to the poor, to children at their homes, to farm workers in the fields, to young women in the factories. Founded the Suore Missionarie dell’Immacolata, Regina della Pace (Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate, Queen of Peace) based in Mortara, Italy; the Sisters continued the work of taking Christ to the poor, the humble, the workers.
- 4 June 1943 at the General House of the Sisters in Mortara, Pavia, Italy of natural causes
- interred at the General House of the Sisters
- 4 October 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI
- beatification recognition celebrated at the cathedral in Vigevano, Italy by Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins
- “Blessed Francesco Pianzola“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 May 2015. Web. 10 February 2016. <>