Friday, October 11, 2013

Heroic Virtues of the Salesian Cooperator Attilio Giordani

(ANS - Vatican City ) Today, 11 October, the Holy Father Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree on the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Attilio Luciano Giordani, a layman and father of a family, and Cooperator of the Society of the Salesians of St. John Bosco.
Attilio Giordani was born in Milan on 3 February 1913. Son of a railway worker, he got to know Don Bosco at the Salesian Oratory in the city. He was an outstanding animator and catechist, and found the resources for a life of grace in the sacramental life, and in prayer and spiritual direction.

In over 10 years of military service, including those of World War II, he witnessed to the faith among his comrades in arms. After the war, he founded the "Crusade of Goodness" to restore hope to young people.

He married Naomi Davanzo, and they had three children.  When the children grew up, they went as volunteers to Brazil. Attilio and his wife followed them and Attilio continued his commitment as an educator and evangelist in Brazil. He died in Campo Grande on 18 December 1972.

1 comment:

Terry Nelson said...

Thanks father - I looked for a bio on him - I'm very happy a Catholic layman is presented as a model for holiness.

The Salesians are saint makers! god bless.