Joseph Marello was born in Turin on December 26, 1844. He spent his childhood in S. Martino Alfieri near Asti. His special devotion to the Virgin Mary determined his choice of vocation and his fidelity to it. He entered the seminary of Asti, where he inspired his companions with his goodness and holiness.
At the same time he was contemplating the idea of dedicating himself totally to Lord in a Carthusian monastery. But His Bishop, Monsignor Savio, dissuaded him saying that the Lord was asking something different from him. He wanted to channel Marello's aspiration of total dedication to the Lord by starting a new Religious Family, which would revive in Asti the presence of Men religious, a presence which had been suffocated by the revolutionary laws of the time.
Joseph Marello died on May 30, 1895 in Savona, where he had gone, despite poor health, to take part in the celebrations for the third centennial of St. Philip Neri.
The cause for his canonization began on May 28, 1948. On June 12, 1978 the Degree of heroic virtue was read in the presence of Pope Paul VI. The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, beatified Joseph Marello on the 26th of September 1993 in Asti, and pointed him out as an example of charity, of untiring and silent work for youth and the abandoned, and as a model for all Pastors of the People of God and for all those who throughout the world carry on the work of the apostles.