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 25th November

The Servant of God Paul Pius Perazzo

 Confessor, Third Order

TauDECREES PROMULGATED FOR SERVANTS OF God

Congregation for the Causes of the Saints

The following decrees were published in the presence of the Holy Father on the occasions noted. A Servant of God is a person whose Cause has officially begun. When the Holy Father agrees that they lived a life of Heroic Virtue they are called Venerable. With the acceptance of a miracle, and following the Rite of Beatification, they are called Blessed. With a second miracle and the Rite of Canonization they are called Saint.

 6 April 1998

PAOLO PIO PERAZZO - the heroic virtues of the Servant of God PAOLO PIO PERAZZO, a layman and railwayman, of the Third Order of St Francis of Assisi; born 5 July 1846 in Nizza Monferrato, Italy, and died 22 November 1911 in Turin, Italy;

Perazzo was neither hermit nor friar but an ordinary railway dispatcher, no station in life is an hindrance to holiness. not living hundreds of years ago but within our own time, dying as recently as 1911, and by 1959 he is already far along the way to be declared blessed. The city of Turin is notable for having produced such famous Tertiary priests as - Don Bosco, Cottolengo, and Cafasso - is also associated with Paul Pius Perazzo.

Paul Pius Perazzo entered this world on July 5th 1846 at Nizza, Monferrato; and his excellent parents raised him as a little soldier for God, he was amazingly aware of God's providence  to be found in every living thing.

Once when tending an open fireplace and tending its flames he overbalanced and fell right into it, his clothes catching fire and himself suffering some serious burns. The thumb on his dominant hand was crippled in the accident and without shedding a tear he regarded his thumb ruefully and said only:

" Mama, I guess I shall never be able to write again, that thumb will not behave anymore."

He regarded his education and study as something to do for the love of it yet devoted himself to them so seriously that it began to take a toll on his health. The uncle who supervised his studies was a priest and who suggested that it was best that Paul get himself a job before he became too ill - and that is how he became a railway worker.

He continued to study privately to keep himself informed on those things useful to him in Rail way work, working for 5 years without pay for between 10 to 12 hours or more per day. Resultantly he became a small-town freight clerk and in 1867 was promoted to Turin.

In the meantime a nice young lady fell in love with him and her mother consulted his mother and since it was a desirable match the case was put to the young Paul, " Just as you say" mother, he said. His mother was not going to decide the matter for him and said to him that it was for him to make the decision, very well said he; " if I am to make the choice, shall we say the affair is off once and for all?" And that is how it was that Paul lived and died a bachelor.

He took another bride, the church. becoming more and more interested he participated in the written discussions of the Church to meet the anti-catholic religious attacks so bitter at the time, especially those among the men of his own class. On 19th March 1873 he joined the Third Order of St. Francis and became a true apostle of the Truth by word and example. Though gaining him the respect of his associates it brought him the hardest trial an ambitious young man can meet. The young Perazzo was doing well when the crudest discrimination was launched against him religious convictions and his refusal to drop the practise of his religion. At first in little annoyances - his pay was not raised, while that of others around him who owed everything to him rose continually. After 25 years of service he was made assistant freight agent at Porta Nuova, and two years later, chief agent but then, unreasonable duties had been also added to is work load and his holidays were denied him at every pretext. In short  the government "said it had no money for for prayer patterers like Perazzo or to give favours to monks and priests"

In 1911, after fifty years service Perazzo would have been eligible for a pension but was dismissed with only two days notice in the year 1908. He died on the 22nd November, 1911, in the year he should have been pensioned and went to his just reward.

Prayer of the church
(Secret, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)

Look with mercy, we beseech The, O Lord, upon our homage,
that the gift we offer may be accepted by Thee abd be the support of our frailty.
Through the same Christ Our Lord  Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen

Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois


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