St.   Charles   Borromeo

Fr. Adrien Bresy, the founder proposed St. Charles Borromeo as Patron of the Congregation, his death centenary coinciding with the foundation of the Congregation. Himself an admirer of the Great Archbishop of Milan, he wished his collaborators and the sisters who came after them to be inspired by his life and spirit.

Brief Biography of St.Charles Borromeo

Charles was born in the castle of Arona in Lago Maggiore in the very north of Italy, In October 2, 1538. He was the second of the two sons in a family of six children born to Count Gilbert Borromeo and Margaret de Medici, who’s younger brother Angelo later become Pope Pius IV. He was surrounded by wealth, but he was so devout that he was given the tonsure at the tender age of twelve. On that occasion, his uncle Julius Caesar Borromeo handed over him the revenues from a rich Benedictine Abbey. Charles made it clear to his father that, all that money, apart from what was needed for his Ecclesiastical training, belonged to the poor. What a remarkable decision for a young lad to take in a period of corruption and decadence!

He took his Doctorate in law in the University of Pavia when he was 22, and was soon appointed Cardinal – deacon and administrator of the See of Milan. At the age 24, he assisted ably in the Council of Trent and the publishing of the Tridentine Catechism. He was ordained a priest in September 1563 and three months later, when only 25 years old, he was consecrated as Archbishop of Milan.

He died on November 4, 1584, Renowned for his deep Piety, Apostolic Zeal and Heroic Charity, he is hailed as “The Second Ambrose” of his Diocese. He was canonized in 1610 and is the patron Saint of Lombardy.