Blessed Olinto Marella

Blessed Olinto MarellaAlso known as

  • Giuseppe Olinto Marella



One of three children of a wealthy physician who died when Olinto was only ten years old. Educated by his uncle, Archbishop Giuseppe Marella of Pallestrina, Italy. Studied in Rome, Italy, and was a class-mate of the future Pope John XXIII. Ordained on 17 December 1904. Taught seminarians in Chioggia, Italy and small children in his parish. Taught in a number of cities throughout Italy while continuing to study history, philosophy and theology. Parish priest in the diocese of Bologna, Italy, working with the poor, homeless and outcast of the city, finding funds for shelters, homes and chapels. Would sit on a stool on the street and preach to all passersby against indifference to the suffering of others. Some brother priests objected to his work as being too evangelical, but he had the support of Pope John XXIII.





MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Olinto Marella“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 October 2020. Web. 13 June 2021. <>