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Venerable Canon Chiesa


Born on April 2, 1874 in Monta d’Alba in Italy, Canon Francesco Chiesa grew up to become an intellectually notable priest and professor as well as a noteworthy spiritual director of Father Alberione. Following his entrance to the seminary of Alba, Francesco earned a degree in philosophy in Rome, in theology in Genoa, and in canon and civil law in Turin.

A talented professor, Francesco Chiesa taught in the diocesan seminary  and for the Society of St. Paul for 50 years. Furthermore, he was also the pastor of the parish of Sts. Cosmos & Damien in Alba and a Canon of the Cathedral for 30 years. Using his gifts of study, knowledge and research, Francesco published many texts which were reprinted even beyond Italian borders. Being a spiritual director of Father James Alberione for many years, he is often and justly, referred to as the “godfather” of the Pauline Family.

In addition to excelling in his teaching and writing works, Francesco was a faithful priest for over 50 years. During his priesthood, he dedicated two hours of adoration before the Jesus present in the Eucharist. He died in Alba on June 14, 1946 and was soon after defined by his Bishop as “the best of the sons of this diocese”.

Prayer for the Beatification

Jesus Master, Way, Truth and Life, you have enriched Canon Francis Chiesa with the singular gifts of science, pastoral zeal and holiness of life under the gaze of the Holy Family of Nazareth.
Glorify in the Church this faithful servant and through his intercession, grant me the grace that I ask of you…
And you, Venerable Francis, who have taught Blessed James Alberione to transform everything as objects of meditation and prayer leading human knowledge back to Christ, grant that in your footsteps we may collaborate in building the Christian community and the promotion of true values in the current culture of communication. Amen.

Picture and text are courtesy of www.paoline.org.

  • "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me" Gal 2:20