Venerable Olinto Fedi, Founder of the Institute of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

 

DECREE OF PROMULGATION

 

On Thursday, 28 November 2019, the Holy Father Francis received His Eminence the Most Reverend Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints,  and authorized the promulgation of Decrees regarding:

the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Olinto Fedi, diocesan priest, Founder of the Institute of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, born in Signa, Florence, on 3 October 1841, and died there on 23 January 1923.

 

The Venerable Olinto Fedi (1841-1923) was a priest of the diocese of Florence. He exercised his pastoral activity in the parish of San Mauro a Signa, for about 60 years, from 1864 to his death. Attracted to Franciscan spirituality, he professed the rule of the Third Order and in 1876 founded the Institute of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate with its headquarters in San Piero a Ponti. Through them, he was able to organize an effective program of catechesis and support, according to the people’s needs. He was a model of pastoral charity entirely dedicated to the good of his faithful. He promoted the formation of consciences, associations of Catholic laity, and the defence of workers’ rights. His cause for beatification began in 1999.