Saint Francesco Spinelli

photograph of Saint Francesco Spinelli taken from an Italian holy card, date and photographer unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial


As a child, Francesco would put on puppet shows for other kids. With his mother, he would visit and help the poor and sick in his city. Francesco studied in Bergamo, Italy, and ordained as a priest in 1875. Later that year, while in Rome, Italy to celebate the Jubilee, he had a vision of women continually adoring the Blessed Sacrament. Back in Bergamo he began teaching in the seminary by day, running an evening school for the poor of his parish by night. On 15 December 1882 he realized the fulfillment of his vision when he helped found the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament in Bergamo. Transferred to the diocese of Cremona, Italy on 4 April 1889 where the Sisters continue their work of adoring Christ in the Eucharist and in their care for their poor.






Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Francesco Spinelli“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 October 2018. Web. 16 June 2021. <>