Blessed Giovanni Giovenale Ancina

Blessed Giovanni Giovenale AncinaAlso known as

  • Giovenale Ancina
  • Juvenal Ancina



Born to a wealthy and politically connected family. Educated in medicine and philosophy. Noted scholar, musician, composer, music editor, and orator. Professor of medicine at the University of Turin, Italy. Private physician to the ambassador from Savoy to Rome in 1575. There he met Saint Philip Neri and decided to follow his call to the priesthood. Worked with Saint Philip at the Congregation of the Oratory in Naples, Italy. Introduced the use of the written catechism to Saluzzo, Italy, and brought a re-birth of faith and good works in that city. Bishop of Saluzzo in 1596. Reportedly poisoned by a monk that he had chastized.





Additional Information


  • Tempio Armonico della Beatissima Vergine, a collection of spiritual songs

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Giovanni Giovenale Ancina“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 March 2020. Web. 13 June 2021. <>