Blessed Luigi Maria Monti
Luigi Maria Monti was born on 24 July 1825 at Bovisio, Milan, Italy.
As a young man he decided to consecrate himself to God and started to gather young farmers and carpenters of his age to pray and help the needy. They called themselves “The Company of Friars”. This gathering inspired them to serve the poor and the sick in the village.
In 1851 he entered in The Congregation of Sons of Mary, founded by Venerable Ludovico Pavoni to educate the needy youth. Luigi Monti dedicated himself to the study of surgery and pharmacy and in 1855 he started to care the cholera affected people as nurse, by giving heroic examples of charity.
In 1857 he was sent to Rome by his spiritual director and he arrived in the Holy Spirit Hospital and founded The Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception with the scope of assisting the sick and education of youth in need. This Congregation first spread in Rome, Lazio, Orte, Civita Castellana, Nepi, and Capranica.
In 1866 he went back to Saronno near Milan and developed his vocation in the care of the youth education and welcomed orphans and founded technical schools for them. Thus these young people could develop their talents and grow in personal maturity to insert themselves fully in the society. Luigi Monti spent his energy also to give religious formation to his religious brothers so as to continue to serve the needy and abandoned. He spent his last days in Saronno and there he died on 1 October 1900 and his mortal remains are kept in Padre Monti Institute in Saronno. It is a pilgrim centre where many come to pray and ask blessings through the intercession of Blessed Luigi Maria Monti.
Pope John Paul II beatified Luigi Maria Monti and proclaimed him as Blessed on Sunday 9th November 2003, for the veneration in the Catholic Church . The date of his memorial is 22 September - Blessed Luigi Maria Monti- Apostle of Charity.