The Founders: Father Dario Bognetti


Father Darius’ parents

Darius was the second of Giuseppe and Francesca Gallina Bognetti’s four children. His father was a saddler in Albano Vercellese (Italy). The family Bognetti was known in town for their hospitality, especially to monks and nuns who passed through the city, begging.

Darius was born on the day dedicated to Our Lady of the Snows, August 5, 1865, and was baptized the next day in the parish church of Albano Vercellese. He received the Confirmation from the Archbishop Fissore, on May 31, 1874 in the Basilica of St. Andrew, in Vercelli. At the age of ten, he made his First Communion with the local priest.

In 1878 he entered the seminary, where he began studies that he would continue later, at the major seminary of Vercelli. He did not stand out in the studies, but he was distinguished by piety and goodness. In the seminar, he often used to say: "What beautiful rooms! How many beds could be rigged here for the sick and the abandoned! "

The house where he was born, in Albano Vercellese

He was ordained priest on March 22, 1890 by the Archbishop of Vercelli, Don Carlo Lorenzo Pampirio. In the early years of priesthood, Father Darius exercised his ministry in various parishes of the Diocese. He distinguished himself as a spiritual director and confessor, skillfully guiding many young men and women to religious life. But an inner voice attracted him to the world of the poor and the sufferers.

Along with Mother Eusebia Arrigoni, in 1899, he founded the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Eusebius of Vercelli (Italy).

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