|The History of
tied to the Charism of Founder
Alberione founded the Society
Desire to serve the people
|He first founded a
printing school for
boys. A place where youngsters could
learn a trade and produce some
good literature while they were
doing it. In 1914, he founded the Society of
St. Paul a religious congregation
dedicated to the the communications
Apostolate. The first religious profession of
members took place in Alba Italy
on October 5, 1921.
The congregation grew at an amazing
speed. The work was such that Fr. Alberione
realized it could not be handled by men alone.
In 1915 he founded the Daughters of St. Paul
to carry out the communications mission in
close cooperation with the Society of St. Paul.
Blessed Timothy Giaccardo was formed
by Father Alberione and was his
chief supporter. This holy priest,
has been declared "Blessed" and
is one step away from cannonization.
Working with men like Fr. Giaccardo and
demonstrating tirelesss energy, and
a zeal for the Church, Fr. Alberione
founded five religious congregations,
four aggregated institutes, and organized
the Pauline cooperators.
He moved the Society of St. Paul's
headquarters from Alba Italy to Rome and
from Rome sent his most
able members around the world
to found the congregation in as many
countries as possible.
The story of all these foundations is filled
with heroism and self sacrifice. The fruit
that was reaped for the Church is incalculable.
In 1971 Father Alberione died.
Pope Paul VI was at his bedside
praying in thanksgiving in the name of
the whole Church for God's gift to us of this
He has been declared venerable by the Church
and all the branches of the Pauline Family are
confident that one day he will be officially declared
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