The Saint

Founder of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist, he was born on March 23, 1839 in Angri (SA), in the Diocese of Nocera Inferiore, Sarno. Ordained a priest in 1863, he dedicated himself to the education and care of the children who crowded the streets, to confessions, to preaching, to the catechetical animation of youth and to parish missions. He did his utmost with heroism to assist those affected by the cholera of 1866, in Campania. He had particularly at heart, the education and evangelization especially for the poor and abandoned youth. In 1878, with the collaboration of Maddalena Caputo and three other young women, he founded the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist. In Angri, on February 6, 1910, Fr. Alfonso ended his earthly existence by repeating: “Nothing is due to me, everything is due to God, I am a simple, poor instrument in His hands”.

Young people

Saint Alfonso lived and worked tirelessly for the poor and orphans. He had become the father of poor children. He welcomed them into his own home to instruct them, started them off at work, accompanied them on long walks, and took them to church on holidays for Holy Mass and catechism. People wondered, "Why spend so much time with no pay?"
St. Alfonso had at heart the good of every person and the promotion of one’s dignity. He often repeated: "I wish that even my shadow could do good". He had only one purpose: "The glory of God and the good of souls", for a better society.

Poverty as a style of charity

St. Alfonso Maria Fusco gave everything: his goodwill, his comfort, money when he had it and even his clothes. Once, the cold having set in, the Sister in charge of his modest wardrobe searched in vain for some woolen sweaters. When asked about it, he replied, “Oh yes, you had put them here, I remember it well; but they are no more…” Another time he met a beggar without a shirt and, entering a doorway, took off his own and gave it to the poor man. He repeated the same gesture, giving away his trousers. When he got home, to those who complained to him about his exaggerated generosity, he replied, "I give one, I'll get a hundred!" St. Alfonso never doubted Divine Providence; his only strength was his trust and absolute abandonment in God. He loved to repeat, “Jesus keeps us written in his hands and will never be able to forget us”..

The Eucharist

St. Alfonso shared with his spiritual Daughters the treasures of grace that he accumulated in contemplating the Eucharist. He never took any initiative or decision before spending hours and hours in adoration before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The founding of the Baptistine Institute had undoubtedly matured in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Love for Mary

The love for Mary, under the title of Mary Immaculate and Our Lady of Sorrows, sustained his priestly life and the prominent aspects of his apostolic mission: “We have recourse to Mary because she is our Mediatrix, our Advocate; she is our real Mother.”

The Sisters of St. John the Baptist

In 1902, while the Founder was alive, the Baptistine Institute was also brought to America in the wake of the emigrants, whose children needed assistance and teaching.
Today, the Sisters of the Congregation of St. John the Baptist are present throughout Italy, the United States of America, Brazil, Chile, Zambia, Canada, India, the Philippines, Korea, Poland, Camerun, Mexico, South Africa, Malawi, Cameroon, Madagascar, Moldova, Haiti and Vietnam.

Biographical profile
ALFONSO MARIA FUSCO was born on 23rd of March 1839 in Angri-SA, in the Diocese of Nocera dei Pagani, into a deeply religious family.

Ordained a priest on May 29, 1863, he dedicated himself to the education and care of children who crowded the streets of Angri; he gave them a significant religious, cultural and professional formation. He understood the importance of education for women too, in a society where their dignity was not recognized. He dedicated himself to the apostolate of confessions, to preaching and to the catechetical and liturgical animation of youth, as well as to parish missions.

On September 26, 1878, he founded the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist for the evangelization, education and promotion of children and young people especially the poor, needy and at risk.

He died in Angri on February 6, 1910; he was canonized as a saint on October 16, 2016.

"Sayings" of Saint Alfonso Maria Fusco

- I wish that even my shadow could do good.

- Let us leave it to the Lord!

- Trust in God. He who clothes the lilies of the field and feeds the birds of the air cannot abandon His creatures!

- I accept, Lord, everything you send me, and if other trial is needed, here I am ready.

SaInt Alfonso Maria Fusco

- Do good and let it be known by God alone.

- I must work for the glory of God: I want to gather many abandoned boys and girls under the wings of divine protection.

Saint Alfonso Maria Fusco

- When you truly love the Lord you face all the difficulties, all the struggles, up to the complete sacrifice

- The works that are done in the name of God must undergo struggles and contrasts in order to bear good fruit.

Saint Alfonso Maria Fusco

- My Daughters, what do you think you have come to do in the Institute? Perhaps to start a family of any kind? No, no, you have come to form a family of saints. This is the purpose of our life, to sanctify ourselves.

- You love me Lord. Only Your great love makes my humble life a of love for You.

Saint Alfonso Maria Fusco

- I desire nothing but the glory of God and the good of souls.

- The works that are done in the name of god must undergo struggles and contrasts in order to bear good fruit.

Saint Alfonso Maria Fusco


Video of the saint's canonization, full version of 16 Oct 2016


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