Blessed Sebastian Velfré, Orat.
Feast day: January 30
(also known as Sebastian Valfré)
Born at Verduno, Alba, Italy, in 1629; died in Turin, Italy, 1710; beatified in 1834. Sebastian joined the Oratorians at Turin after his ordination to the priesthood. He became prefect of the Oratory and was much demanded as a spiritual director because of the endless care he gave to each who came to him for help. But he did not just wait for sinners to come to him, he sought them out and converted many. Sebastian acquired in full measure the spirit of Saint Philip Neri, whose cheerfulness he imitated through even the most grieous spiritual trials