|Blessed Giacomo Alberione|
|Born||April 4, 1884|
|Died||November 26, 1971|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
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He was a seminarian in Bra and Alba and was the spiritual director for youth and altar servers in the Alba seminary. While doing nightly Eucharistic adoration in Alba on 31 December 1900 he suddenly felt that he was called to do something for the people of the new century.
He was ordained on 29 June 1907 and became a parish priest in Narzole. He was a director of the weekly publication Gazzetta d'Alba from September 1913. In 1914 he founded the Society of St. Paul, and in 1915 the Daughters of St. Paul, with the support of Mother Thecla. These congregations use modern media technology and published materials to spread the word of God, and help in personal devotions. Later in his life Blessed Giacomo also founded the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master (1924), the Sisters of the Good Shepherd (1938) and the Sisters of the Queen of Apostles (1957), all communities applying Pauline spirituality in various fields. He also founded four lay institutes and the Union of Pauline Cooperators.
Alberione died on 26 November 1971 at 6:26 p.m. in the Generalate House, Rome, of natural causes.