His childhood home had an attached potter‘s work shop. Educated by the Barnabites, Dominicans and the priests of the cathedral of Livorno, Italy. He early felt a call to religious life, but the suppression of the Dominicans by the Napoleonic invasions interrupted his plans, and he began studying theology at home in preparation for seminary. Ordained on 13 April 1816 as a priest of the diocese of Livorno. Assistant pastor of the parish of Saint Sebastian for 20 years. Noted preacher, discerning confessor, and known for his charitable work with the poor and orphaned. Established a network of families who would take in and help young women who wished to escape the life of prostitution. Worked for better treatment of prisoners, and education for both convicts and guards. Founded the Evangelical Workers and Fathers of Families assocations c.1820 to coordinate work between the clergy and laity to catechize, teach children, help the poor, care for the sick and intervention between procurers and girls at risk of becoming prostitutes. From 1828 to 1835 he built and led the Institute of Charity of Saint Mary Magdalene to teach and train young women. Pastor the parish of Saints Peter and Paul in 1835. His work with victims of a cholera epidemic in 1835 were recognized by civil authorities. Founded the Congregation of the Daughters of the Crucified in 1840.
- “Venerable Giovanni Battista Quilici“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 March 2016. Web. 30 April 2017. <>