In November 1883, just a few months before the birth of James, Michele Alberione moved his family to the “Nuove Peschiere” farmhouse in San Lorenzo, one of the 15 hamlets that comprised the Fossano municipality.
A life of poverty in the midst of plenty
Located at the center of a large estate, the building known as “Nuove Peschiere” is a large, sturdy manor house, with a barn and hayloft attached to it. The Alberione family occupied one room on the ground floor of the building. A door in the room opens into the barn. James was born in the family’s living quarters on 4 April 1884.
Church of St. Lawrence the Martyr
Birth to life in God
James Alberione was baptized in this church on 5 April 1884. The baptism took place just 24 hours after his birth because he was so small and sickly that his parents thought he might not live.