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Son of Mary and James Gianelli, Anthony grew up in a poor but pious family in a small farming village. His mother taught catechism, and his father was known as a generous peace-maker in the town. Anthony was such a promising student that the owner of his family farm paid for his seminary education. Ordained on 24 May 1812; he was so young that he needed special dispensation for the ordination, but was such a promising candidate that he received it. Served as a parish priest.
Archpriest of Chiavari in 1826. Founder of the Missionaries of Saint Alphonsus in 1827, a men's missionary congregation that lasted until 1856. Founder of the Oblates of Saint Alphonsus in 1828, which lasted until 1848. Founder of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Garden 1829, a women's teaching order that also worked with the sick, and which continues its work today in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Bishop of Bobbio, Italy in 1837. Organized the Society of Saint Raphael and Society of Saint Dorothea to instruct the faithful in his diocese. Restored devotion to Saint Columbanus in his diocese. Conducted two synods, and was constantly on the road from parish to parish, visiting his flock.
12 April 1789 at Cerreto, Italy
7 June 1846 of a serious fever
21 October 1951 by Pope Pius XII