Above: Blessed Josephina Gabriella Bonino
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BLESSED JOSEPHINA GABRIELLA BONINO (SEPTEMBER 5, 1843-FEBRUARY 8, 1906)
Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family
Blessed Josephina Gabriella Bonino cared for her poor, sick, and orphaned neighbors.
Our saint always devout, grew up in a Roman Catholic family in Saviglioano, Italy. At age 18 she took a vow of chastity. Eight years later she began to take care of her ailing father. Then, in 1875, she joined the Third Order of Carmelites. Two years later her mother died. In 1881 our saint founded the Sisters of the Holy Family, for the purpose of caring for orphans, the poor, and the elderly sick. She served as the Superior of the order for the rest of her life. Bonino died of pneumonia at Savona, Italy, on February 8, 1906. She was 62 years old.
Pope John Paul II declared Bonino a Venerable in 1994 then a Blessed the following year.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
NOVEMBER 29, 2016 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF GEORGE DAWSON, ENGLISH BAPTIST AND UNITARIAN PASTOR
THE FEAST OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE CHURCH OF NORTH INDIA, 1970
THE FEAST OF JENNETTE THRELFALL, ENGLISH HYMN WRITER
O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:
Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we,
inspired by the devotion of your servant Blessed Josephina Gabriella Bonino,
may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Song of Songs 8:6-7
Luke 12:33-37 or Luke 9:57-62
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 722