Venerable Ambrogio Grittani, Founder of the Oblates of St. Benedict Joseph Labre

Promulgation of Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

On 26 January 2018, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Ambrosio Grittani, diocesan priest and founder of the Oblates of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre; born in Ceglie del Campo, Italy on 11 October 1907 and died on 30 April 1951 in Molfetta, Italy.

 Servant of God Ambrosio Grittani

Diocesan priest and founder of the Oblates of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre


Ambrosio Grittani was a priest of the Bari diocese who, after first teaching in the Regional seminary of Molfetta, turned to pastoral care of the least in society in whom he learned to recognize the face of Christ. He founded the Pious Work of St. Benedetto Giuseppe Labre in October 1941 the aim of which was to help the poor of the region both materially and spiritually on a daily basis. Whilst carrying out this charitable Work the servant of God founded the Oblate Sisters of St. Benedetto Giuseppe Labre and in 1949 the “House of the Poor” at Molfetta (Bari). He lived an austere life characterized by his profound humility. His heroic charity impelled him to go begging for the people he helped and to look after sick and dying people personally. His simplicity and his affable nature enabled him to speak to everyone, the poor and the rich, the powerful and the homeless. His spirituality was based  on love of the Eucharist and of the Mother of God. He died on 30th April 1951 with a widespread reputation for holiness. His cause for beatification was commenced in 1990.