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St John Leonardi was born in Diecimo Lucca in Italy. He was trained as a Pharmacist. As a result of the joy he derives in teaching Catechesis to Children and his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he desired to give his whole life time to this Mission. In pursuit of this, he abandoned his Pharmaceutical Profession and entered the Seminary to train as a Priest.
He was ordained priest on 22 December, 1571 and on 1 September 1574 in the church of santa Maria Corteorlandini he founded the congregation which he named Order of Mother of God. and in 1604, Pope Clement VIII approved the constitution of the Order. In 1607, St John Leonardi together with Mons Vives and P. Funes founded the Propaganda Fidei. He died in the year 9 November, 1609 and was canonized saint by Pope Pius IX on 8 March 1861. His feast day is on 9 October in the breviary.The Order is in many parts of the world including – Italy, Chile, India, Indonesia, Colombia and in Nigeria.