THE LIFE OF ST. JOSEPH MARELLO
“To take care of the interests of Jesus” was his motto in life, and for this reason he wanted to imitate St. Joseph, the spouse of Mary, the custodian of the Redeemer.
Pope John Paul II
In his homily on the occasion of the Founder's canonization Vatican City, November 25, 2001
The first born son of Vincenzo Marello and Anna Maria Vialle; christened as Joseph Jeffrey Steven Marello. Baptized on the same day in the Parish Church of Corpus Domini.
The early demise of his mother made his father move them to San Martino Alfieri. He served diligently at the church. Admired well by the pastor, Msgr. John Torchio.
His father took him on a journey to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in Savona. Being with the Lady whom he had considered as his second mother, he made a decision that will change his life. On October 31, he entered the seminary of Asti.
Joseph's father wanted to persuade him to leave the seminary and pursue a businessman's course. Ever docile and obedient, he did not wish to resist his father, much less defy him.
Falls seriously ill of typhoid fever. Sees visions of a cassock before him. In a dream, he heard something like a voice telling: “If you go back to the Seminary you will be cured.” He told this to his father who agreed wholeheartedly: “As long as you are cured!”
Healed completely, he returned to the Seminary of Asti to realize his aspiration. This was his life and greatest joy. He felt like one who had escaped a great danger: now he wanted to really dedicate himself to his re-found vocation.
Ordained priest by Bishop He celebrated his first Mass in his native town, and the second in the little shrine of Vallone of Antignano near Asti, dedicated to Our Lady of Ransom.
As secretrary to Msgr. Carlo Savio, bishop of Asti, he accompanied him to Rome for the First Vatican Council.
He brought together George Medico, Peter Biamino, Joseph Rey and Vincent Franco to be first “little brothers” of the Company of St. Joseph dedicated to the care of the elderly, the handicapped, and the orphaned boys.
A fellow priest on him as chancellor: “His knowledge of canon law was rich, and he maintained intact the rights of the Church; and the multitude of matters that tumbled into his hands were diligently and promptly dispatched.”
Named Bishop of Acqui by Pope Leo XIII who later called him a “gem among bishops”.
On May 26, he celebrated the Pontifical Mass in honor of St. Philip Neri at the Shrine of Savano where his father brought him and where he decided to enter the seminary. The next day, he celebrated the Mass which was his last Mass.
May 30. 6:30pm.
He peacefully and trustfully expired of cerebral anemia in the Lord's embrace. The timeline reached the Oblates in Asti through a telegram: “Our beloved Bishop is no more,” and they could not restrain their tears of grief.
Promulgated “Venerable” by Pope Paul VI confirming his holiness and worth to be a saint.
Beatified by Pope John Paul II with the acceptance of the miraculous cure of Fr. Aldo Falconetti, OSJ.
Canonized by Pope John Paul II with the recognition of the healing of two Peruvian siblings.
Heralded by the Church as “Father of the Poor and Apostle to the Youth”.