Papal Artifacts is always happy to include information for you about the Saints & Blesseds segment of this Collection. Father Kunst has a great devotion to the saints as can be observed by the many relics and reliquaries included in this Collection (and they are just a handful of his collection of relics).
The Catholic Church is inundated from its beginning with holy men and women who make us proud to be Catholic, proud of our heritage of men and women, like Blessed Andrea Ferrari, who have spent themselves in service to our God and to the Church they loved.
The items presented here are an untranslated letter and two business cards signed by Cardinal Ferrari, all of which also contained hand-written notes.
In addition to his many personal achievements and great piety and holiness, as can be seen in this biographical information, Blessed Andrea Ferrari was involved, in his Diocese of Milan, with Angelo Roncalli, the future Pope John XXIII and Achille Ratti, the future Pope Pius XI. He also took part in the conclaves that elected Pope Saint Pius X and Pope Benedict XV.
We honor and celebrate his feast day with the people of Milan, Italy.
Andrea Ferrari was born in La Latta, Parma on August 13, 1850. In 1873 he was ordained to the priesthood and worked as a parish priest and then as the vice-rector of the seminary in Parma. In 1877 he was appointed the seminary’s rector. He was also a professor of physics and mathematics, fundamental theology, ecclesiastical history and moral theology. In 1890, Pope Leo XIII appointed him Bishop of Guastalla, and then in 1894, to the cardinalate for the diocese of Milan where Andrea Ferrari remained until his death in 1921. Cardinal Ferrari participated in the conclaves of 1903 that elected Pope Pius X and of 1914 that elected Pope Benedict XV.
At the time of his appointment to the episcopate of Milan, Ferrari took the name Carlo as a middle name in honor of Saint Charles Borromeo who had also been the Cardinal-Archbishop of Milan and who was a great inspiration to him. During his episcopate he carried out four visitations of the vast diocese in the manner of Charles Borromeo. 102 churches were built during his twenty-five years in Milan and he also initiated the work of embellishment and enrichment of the cathedral. He founded several associations and had a profound influence on the Church. He was however considered controversial in certain circles. During the anti-modernist time of Pope Pius X, he was unjustly and unfairly accused of Modernism. While he was no Modernist, the feeling that he was sympathetic to its tenets led to a period of poor relations with Pius X. In a pastoral letter in 1908, Cardinal Ferrari denounced certain Anti-Modernists who he said were just as bad as the Modernists. These anit-Modernist zealots discover Modernism all over the place, and even manage to throw suspicion on those who are very far removed from it. This did not endear him to Pius X and until the end of his reign, Ferrari kept silent. It is unsubstantiated that toward the end of his life Pius X said he had been wrong about Cardinal Ferrari. During the pontificate of Pope Benedict XV, Cardinal Ferrari was restored to papal favor.
Among his diocesan priests was a newly ordained curate who taught Church history at a local seminary, Angelo Roncalli, the future Pope John XXIII. Roncalli knew the Cardinal well and had great admiration for him. On February 19, 1961, which was the fortieth anniversary of the Cardinal’s death, Pope John XXIII delivered a eulogy in praise of Andrea Ferrari whose words and example had inspired Pope John throughout his life.
Another priest, Father Achille Ratti, the future Pope Pius XI, also came in contact with the Cardinal. Ratti had left seminary teaching to work full time at the Ambrosian Library in Milan. Ratti also succeeded Cardinal Ferrari as Archbishop of Milan after Ferrari’s death.
Andrea Ferrari died in 1921 in Milan. Pope John Paul II beatified him on May 10, 1987.
He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 10 May 1987. His feast day is listed on 2 February in the Roman martyrology. In the Ambrosian Rite of Milan it is celebrated on 1 February.