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Giovanni Antonio Farina

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Giovanni Antonio Farina (Johannes Antonius Farina) (January 11, 1803 - March 4, 1888) was the son of Pedro and Francisca Bellame and was born in Gambellara, Vincenza province, Italy. He studied at the seminary in Vicenza, and taught there while still a student before he was finally ordained on January 14, 1827. Founder of the Institute of the Sisters Teachers of Saint Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Heart in 1836; they are dedicated to teaching the poor. In 1850 he was appointed Bishop of Treviso and he ordained the future Saint Pope Pius X on September 18, 1858. He held the seat of Bishop of Vicenza from 1860 until his death.

He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 4, 2001 and March 4 allocated as his memorial day.

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