The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Venerable Anthony Gianelli

Saint Anthony Mary GianelliThe Venerable Anthony Gianelli, bishop of Bobbio on the Trebbia, was held in high repute throughout Upper Italy. The most prominent feature of his sanctity was his unwearying zeal for souls. His natural gifts of eloquence served him greatly in this. While professor of Rhetoric in the seminary of Genoa he used his spare time in giving missions to the country folk. Later, when archpriest at Chiavari, he devoted himself entirely to this work and founded a Society of secular priests, called the Oblates of Saint Alphonsus of Liguori, for the purpose of giving missions and spiritual exercises. After his appointment as bishop of Bobbio, he verily consumed himself by his zeal in keeping far from his flock whatever might bring it harm. His life, says his biographer, recalls to mind the most amiable and consoling traits found in hagiography. Widely mourned, this distinguished bishop died in 1846, in the fifty-seventh year of his age. A Congregation of Sisters – the Daughters of Mary del Orto – founded by him when archpriest, is widely distributed throughout Italy and South America.

– this text is taken from The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, by Father Constantine Kempf, SJ; translated from the German by Father Francis Breymann, SJ; Impimatur by + Cardinal John Farley, Archbishop of New York, 25 September 1916

MLA Citation

  • Father Constantine Kempf, SJ. “Venerable Anthony Gianelli”. The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 February 2018. Web. 20 October 2020. <>