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Saint of the Day – 21 May – Saint Arcangelo Tadini (1846-1912)

Saint of the Day – 21 May – Saint Arcangelo Tadini (1846-1912) – Priest, Founder of the Worker Sisters of the Holy House of Nazareth, of which Order, he is the Patron, Social Reformer, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist, Prayer and Charity.st arcangelo_tadini vatican.jpg

Arcangelo Tadini was born on 12 October 1846 in Verolanuova (Brescia), Italy.   At the age of 18 he entered the seminary in Brescia, however, an accident was to leave him with a limp for the rest of his life.   He was ordained in 1870 but illness obliged him to spend his first year as a priest with his family.

From 1871 to 1873 he was a curate at Lodrino, a mountain village and then at the Shrine of Santa Maria della Noce near Brescia.

He was known for his attention to his people’s needs.   After flooding left many parishioners homeless, he organised a soup-kitchen in the parish house that served 300 meals a day.   In 1885 he was transferred to Botticino Sera as curate and two years later was appointed parish priest and dean of the same parish, where he spent the remaining 25 years of his life.st arcangelo tadini

A zealous pastor of souls, he provided catechesis for every age group, started a choir, organised various confraternities, rebuilt the church and cared for the liturgy.   When he preached, people were amazed at the warmth and power that his words instilled.

With the spread of the industrial revolution, he founded the Workers’ Mutual Aid Association to help labourers suffering from illness, accidents, disabilities or old age.   He used his own inheritance to plan and build a spinning factory, providing it with the latest equipment and later building an adjacent residence for working women.   To educate young working women, he founded the Congregation of Worker Sisters of the Holy House of Nazareth, who went into the factories to work alongside the other women, sharing their toil and tensions, while teaching them by their example.   To the sisters and the young working women, Fr Tadini held up the example of Jesus, who not only sacrificed Himself on the Cross but spent the first 30 years of His life in Nazareth where He was not ashamed, to use a carpenter’ s tools, or to have calloused hands and a brow bathed in sweat.relic-st-arcangelo-tadini-class-relic_1_e3ee593d7af83973c03aa7691f9c6302

He taught his parishioners that work is not a curse but rather the way in which men and women are called to fulfil themselves as human beings and as Christians.   His strength came from prayer – his parishioners would see him stand for hours in front of the Blessed Sacrament, despite his disability, absorbed in contemplation of God.    Fr Arcangelo Tadini ended his earthly life on 20 May 1912….Vatican.vast arcangelo tadini sml

He was Beatified on 3 October 1999 by St Pope John Paul II and Canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on 26 April 2009.  st arcangelo tadini canonisation

His order now operates in countries across the world such as Burundi and the United Kingdom.   He had died without his order having received full approval, the Bishop of Brescia, Giacinto Gaggia issued diocesan approval on 30 November 1931 while Pope Pius XII issued the decree of praise on 12 January 1953.    St Pope John XXIII issued papal approval a decade later on 16 March 1962.santino-holy-cardSARCANGELO-TADINI

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3 thoughts on “Saint of the Day – 21 May – Saint Arcangelo Tadini (1846-1912)

  1. Take a look at this lamp rescued out from under the bushel basket!  And just in time to meet the need for church leadership in the the 21st Century.

    C’mon priests!  Let’s go and get into it! 👇☝️👍✊🤲🌅

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