1 The Author, who is not following a chronological order, anticipates events here. – Giuseppe Giaccardo was born at Narzole (Cuneo) on 13.6.1896. In 1908, when Fr Alberione, then a curate in the town, met him, he sent him to the Seminary in Alba. On 4.7.1917, still a cleric, he moved to the “Printing School” and was appointed “Maestro” of the aspirants. Ordained priest on 19.10.1919, he made his first private vows on 5.10.1921 and his public vows in March 1927, when the Pious Society of Saint Paul received canonical recognition. His profession name was Timothy. He died in Rome on 24.1.1948. John Paul II proclaimed him Blessed on 22.10.1989. – Cf. G. BARBERO, Giaccardo Giuseppe Timoteo, in Bibliotheca Sanctorum, VI, Rome 1965, cc. 320-322; E. FORNASARI, Un profeta obbediente. Beato Timoteo Giaccardo…, Edizioni Paoline, Alba 1989.
2 Constantine became emperor in 306; he died on 22.5.337. The Edict of Milan, allowing freedom of Christian worship, was issued on 13.6.313. 1913 commemorated the 16th centenary of the event.
3 Here the subject is Fr Alberione.
4 Benevello, like Castellinaldo (cf. AD 106), is a small village in the district of Alba (Cuneo). Maggiorino Vigolungo (1904-1918) who also came from there died in holiness after two years of Pauline life.
5 In the ds there is “invitò” [“invited”], contrary to the ms [inviò “sent”]. It is probably a typing error.
6 Saint John Bosco (1815-1888): a great teacher, who also worked in the field of “the good press” (cf. L. GIOVANNINI, Le “Letture Cattoliche” di Don Bosco esempio di “Stampa Cattolica” nel secolo XIX, Liguori, Naples 1984).
7 Torquato Armani, Tito, born on 15.5.1899, entered the Congregation on 20.8.1914; professed on 5.10.1921; ordained priest on 20.12.1924; died at Albano Laziale (Rome) on 6.12.1980.
8 Desiderio Costa, Giovanni Crisostomo, born on 3.5.1901 at Castellinaldo (Cuneo); entered on 20.8.1914; professed on 5.10.1921; ordained priest on 22.12.1923; died at Albano Laziale (Rome) on 30.1.1989.
9 The adjective “Pauline”, present in the ds, was placed in parenthesis, by hand. Above it was an “x”, as if to indicate its eventual elimination.
10 The allusion here is to some tension in relations with the Seminary and with some of the local clergy.
11 Sebastiano Trosso, Benedetto C., b. on 8.9.1894 at Corneliano (Cuneo); entered on 28.8.1920; professed on 5.10.1921; priest on 29.6.1922; d. at Alba on 14.10.1952. – Pietro Borrano, Francesco Saverio, b. on 18.3.1901 at San Damiano d’Asti; entered on 3.7.1920; professed on 5.10.1921; priest on 22.12.1923; d. at Canfield (U.S.A.) on 16.4.1993. – Angelo Fenoglio, Francesco di Sales, b. on 25.11.1893 at Gorzegno (Cuneo); entered on 12.7.1920; professed on 5.10.1921; priest on 29.6.1922; d. at Albano Laziale (Rome) on 24.1.1980. – Cesare Robaldo, Giovanni Evangelista, b. on 24.5.1896 at Gorzegno (Cuneo); entered on 12.7.1920; professed on 5.10.1921; priest on 29.6.1923; d. in Rome on 31.5.1977. – Giovanni Chiavarino, Vincenzo, b. on 1.12.1900 at Bossolasco (Cuneo); entered on 13.7.1920; professed on 5.10.1921; priest on 22.12.1923; d. at Alba on 12.5.1994. – Alfredo Manera, Filippo, b. on 9.2.1897 at Serravalle Langhe (Cuneo); entered in 1920; professed on 5.10.1921; priest on 29.6.1923; d. in Rome on 9.2.1941. – Ms adds another two names to this list: Giovanni Battista Ghione, Agostino, b. on 30.6.1893 at Cortemilia (Cuneo); entered on 21.9.1920; professed on 5.10.1921; priest on 29.6.1922; d. in Rome on 3.2.1960. – Giovanni Basso, Agostino, b. at Roddino (Cuneo) on 3.5.1896; professed on 5.10.1921; priest on 15.10.1922; d. at Alba on 7.9.1976.
12 The first edition was printed at Alba, at the Printing School, in 1915: cf. AA.VV. Donne e uomini oggi a servizio del Vangelo: La donna associata allo zelo sacerdotale, published by the Center of Pauline Spirituality, Rome 1993.
13 Vita Pastorale: a magazine started by Fr Alberione in 1916.
14 This last sentence “and the Pauline Family could ensure stability for everyone”, not in the ms, was a handwritten addition in the ds, but placed afterwards in parenthesis.
15 Unione Cooperatori Buona Stampa (1918-28); then Unione Cooperatori Apostolato Stampa (1928-50), Unione Cooperatori Apostolato Edizioni (March 1950), Il Cooperatore Paolino Apostolato Edizioni (Sept-Oct 1950) and lastly Il Cooperatore Paolino (1952 onwards).