Venerable Servant of God, Don Alfonso M. Fusco, lived in
Angri (Salerno) from his birth on March 23, 1839 to his
death in the peace of the Lord on February 6, 1910.
In that same town he founded the Congregation of the
Sisters of St. John the Baptist on September 26, 1878,
with the purpose of evangelizing, educating and promoting
youth, especially those who were most poor, abandoned and
Alfonso, in creating this apostolic work, was motivated by
the social-political context of his times during which
people were experiencing extreme poverty and moral
brought in from the street many young boys and girls and
offered them a basic moral, intellectual and professional
formation, so that, as adults, they would be able to
insert themselves in the workplace and become promoters of
justice and peace.
Alfonso committed his whole being to God's project of
salvation with unending energy and creativity, for the
good of as many brothers and sisters as he could reach.
the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth, Don Alfonso passed
through the byways of Angri blessing everyone, especially
Baptistine Sisters, faithful to the Spirit's charism that
gave rise to the spiritual and apostolic identity of the
Congregation, continue to carry out God's project that was
mediated by Don Alfonso. With generosity and dynamism they
are actively developing the original scope of his charity
in response to the needs of today's world.
the Congregation has expanded in Italy, the United States,
Brazil, Chile, Zambia, Canada, India, the Philippines,
South Korea, Poland, Argentina, South Africa, Malawi,
Mexico and Madagascar.
February 12, 1976, the Church officially recognized the
heroic virtues of Don Alfonso M. Fusco.