Book of Saints – Joseph Cottolengo

detail of a painting of Saint Joseph Benedict Cottolengo; Agostino Cottolengo, c.1850; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Blessed) (April 30) (19th century) Joseph Benedict Cottolengo, born near Turin (A.D. 1786), even as a boy, was conspicuous for his piety and for his compassionate love of the poor. He succeeded brilliantly in his studies, and when ordained priest was presented with a canonry in the Cathedral of Turin. But his lifework was the service of the poor and distressed. This lie initiated by his devotedness to the victims of the cholera (the epidemic which raged in Europe at intervals in the first half of the nineteenth century). Not one Institute only, but very many (answering to differences of age, sex, health, bodily and mental fitness) were begun by him and successfully organised into one connected whole. His establishment, which he called “The Little House,” now provides for about ten thousand souls, otherwise spiritually or temporally destitute. The holy man’s own life was austere and one of high prayer. Many were the supernatural favours he received from Almighty God. He went to his reward April 30, A.D. 1842, and was beatified by Pope Benedict XV (A.D. 1917).

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Joseph Cottolengo”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 August 2018. Web. 16 September 2019. <>