St. John Baptist Rossi

St. John was born in Voltaggio, Italy, in 1698, one of four children. When he was young, a nobleman and his wife who invest their summertimes in Voltaggio took him back to Genoa to be trained in their home. He stayed for three years and during that time gained the good opinion of two touring Capuchin friars, which contribute to an bidding from his cousin, a canon of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, to come to Rome to study at the Roman College.

He ended the classical route of studies, but began practising severe shames after reading an ascetical journal. Their severity, working in partnership with a heavy track onu and a bout of epilepsy, contributed significantly to a outage, and he was forced to leave the college. He recuperated and accomplished his training at Minerva, but was never again very strong.

At age 23 he was consecrated a priest. He had visited hospitals as a student, and now he focused his attention upon them. He center especially on the hospice of Saint Galla, an overnight protect for paupers that had been founded by Pope Celestine III.

St. John depleted the next 40 years of “peoples lives” ministering to the sick and the indigent, specially homeless women for whom he founded a recourse. Assigned to Santa Maria Church near the Aventine, he acquired a stature as a confessor that described throngs of penitents to his confessional. Pope Benedict XIV likewise opted St. John to instruct prison and other state officials, including the public hangman. His preaching was in great demand, and he was often asked to give homes in religious houses.

His frail health eventually obliged him to move to the Trinita dei Pellegrini in 1763, where he suffered a stroke and received the last sacraments. He recovered enough to resume celebrating Mass, but in 1764 he had another stroke and died at persons below the age of 66. The hospital of the Trinita undertook to pay for the poor priest’s burial. His funeral was attended by 260 priests as well as the papal choir. He was canonized in 1881.


1. St. John’s merely thought was for souls, so much better so that he was called ” Hunter of Soul .” In all our relations, we too should always consider what good we may do for others’ someones. Let us pray for the beloved which assigns out all nervousnes so that all efforts we do will be for the redemption of others.

2. St. John’s life was one of complete poverty and trust in the Lord’s providence. Any coin he was given was immediately distributed to the poor or spent on the needs of his parish. May we very learn to trust God to take care of all our temporal needs so that we can more generously share with others all the talents He has given us.

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