Venerable Carlo Angelo Sonzini

Venerable Carlo Angelo Sonzini at about the time of his ordinationProfile

Born to a wealthy family, Carlo was educated at seminaries in the Italian cities of Seveso, Monza and Milan. While still in seminary, he served as Prefect of the Collegio San Carlo in Milan, and then at the Collegio San Martino di San Pietro Martire. Ordained a priest in the archdiocese of Milan on 1 June 1901.

Vice-rector and religion teacher at the Archbishop’s College of Arona in 1901 and 1902. Vice-rector and religion teacher at the Seveso seminary from 1909 to 1913. Appointed canonical coadjutor theologian at San Vittore in Varese in October 1913. In 1914 he helped found the magazine Luce!, and became its director in 1915. In 1918 he founded the weekly newspaper Tipografia dell’Addolorata; he led it for 37 years. He helped with the formation of worker unions, helped found the Labor Office, the Women‘s Labour League, supported the spiritual formation of the laity, and in 1923 founded the Varese Committee to help the sick make pilgrimages to Lourdes.

Father Carlo founded the Casa San Giuseppe (House of Saint Joseph) to educate young women coming to the city, and help them find work. When some of those women were drawn to religious life, he founded the Ancelle di San Giuseppe (Handmaids of Saint Joseph); the Handmaids helped care for refugees and escaping Jews during World War II, and they continue their good work today.




MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Carlo Angelo Sonzini“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 June 2021. Web. 27 October 2021. <>