Joseph Calasanz, priest - August 25th
St Joseph Calasanz (d. 1648, Rome, Italy) (Relics: Rome, Italy)
First Class Relics
Piazza San Pantaleo
Piazza dei Massimi 4
*The relics of St Joseph Calasanz rest under the main altar of this church. His rooms can be visited in the adjacent convent.
*St Joseph Calasanz is known for setting up the first free public school in modern Europe. During his lifetime it was highly controversial to educate the poor. Some thought that it would only leave the poor more dissatisfied with their lowly tasks in society. Education was not seen as an opportunity for advancement. St Joseph Calasanz nevertheless persevered and was eventually appreciated and honored for his work.
Churches of Honor in Rome
Santa Maria ai Monti (Our Lady at the Hills)
Via della Madonna dei Monti 41
*This church is near the Cavour metro stop.
*St Joseph Calasanz would often visit the miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in this church. A plaque on the wall honors his devotion. This miraculous image is now placed above the main altar of this church.