Father Joseph Marchetti

marchettiFather Joseph Marchetti, co-founder of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Charles Borromeo – Scalabrinians, was born on the 3rd of October of 1869 in Lombrici de Camaiore, Italy. After completing his theological studies, Marchetti was ordained a priest in 1892. Soon afterwards he became involved with suffering Italian immigrants, as half of his parishioners had left for Brazil. He took on the commitment to accompany them to the Geneva Port.

This first contact with the migration reality summed up his missionary vocation, and the meeting with John Baptist Scalabrini transformed Fr. Marchetti into an “external missionary” of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Charles.

This is how the Christopher Columbus Orphanage was founded in the city of Sao Paulo, fruit of the faith and courage of the one who gave his life in favor of the most disadvantaged.

Wherever the emigrants, the poor and the sick were, Fr. Marchetti was there to take care of them, with the comfort of faith, the vigor of hope and the enthusiasm for life. He took care of the material, human, social and spiritual aspects of the migrants and other marginalized persons of his time. Fr. Marchetti came down with typhoid fever when he was 27 years old and died on December 14, 1896.

The founder John Baptist Scalabrini said about the life of Father Marchetti, “He lived an impeccable life as the son of God among the neediest migrants and was a messenger of The Word. His life was not in vain: he lost it in sacrifice and service to Jesus Christ identified in the migrant(cf. Phil. 1, 1-17).

The process for the canonization for Fr. Joseph Marchetti has been ongoing since 1996, the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his death.

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