Blessed Giovanni Tavalli

detail of antique Italian holy card of Blessed Giovanni Tavelli, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Giovanni Tavelli
  • Giovanni of Tossignano



While studying civil law in Bologna, Italy, Giovanni quit to join the Order of the Gesuati; in 1426, he was chosen prior of the Gesuati house in Ferrara, Italy. Chosen bishop of Ferrara on 28 October 1431. Giovanni at first refused the see, but Pope Eugene IV wrote to him about the matter, and the new bishop changed him mind. Ordained a priest and then consecrated bishop in a single continuous service on 27 December 1431; he served the remained 12 and a half years of his life.

Father Giovanni was an active bishop, travelling to all points of his diocese six times. He wrote and translated works on the ascetic life and the Bible. He attended the Council of Basel, and the Council of Ferrara-Florence. With the Marquises d’Este, in 1443 he founded the Arcispedale di Sant’Anna to provide for plague patients. Legend says that his prayers miraculously saved the city of Ferrara from the flooding of the river Po.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Giovanni Tavalli“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 June 2020. Web. 20 April 2021. <>