Venerable Giuseppe Quadrio

Also known as

  • Joseph Quadrio


Born to a poor but pious peasant family, the son of Augustine and Jacqueline Robustelli; at age 8 he developed his own rule for life which included the phrase, “I will try to become a saint.” Studied at the Institute of Ivrea. Entered the Salesian Society of Saint John Bosco in 1937, having developed a great admiration for Saint John Bosco after having read a biography of him. Studied philosophy at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Taught seminarians in Foglizzo, Italy. Though he tried to work behind the scenes, Giuseppe developed a reputation for personal holiness. He worked to obtain care for children orphaned by World War II. Ordained in 1947. Awarded a degree in theology in 1949. Taught at the Pontifical Salesian University in Turin, Italy. Dean of the theology faculty in 1954. In 1960 he was diagnosed with malignant lymphogranuloma. He worked as long as he could and fought the disease as long as he could, and became known for the support and comfort he gave to other patients and to hospital staff.




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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Giuseppe Quadrio“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 April 2015. Web. 27 November 2021. <>