St. Luigi Orione (1872 - 1940) was an Italian Catholic priest and founder of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Little Work of Divine Providence, and Little Missionary Sisters of Charity. He was canonized in 2004 by Pope John Paul II, and his feast day is celebrated on April 12th. He is the patron saint of disabled people, orphaned children, and the elderly.
Luigi Orione was born in the small Italian town of Tortona on March 21, 1872. At the age of 11, he entered the seminary of the Diocese of Tortona to prepare for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1895 and soon afterwards, founded the Congregation of the Little Work of Divine Providence, dedicated to helping the poor, the sick, and the elderly. He also established the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, a religious order of priests and brothers, and the Little Missionary Sisters of Charity, a religious order of women.
St. Luigi Orione worked tirelessly to spread the Catholic faith and promote Christian charity. He built orphanages, schools, and hospitals, and founded various magazines and newspapers to spread his message. He traveled extensively throughout Italy to promote his work and to raise funds. He also founded a missionary college to train young men and women for missionary work around the world.
St. Luigi Orione's life was one of deep faith and service to others. His legacy of Christian charity and service continues to inspire people of all faiths.