Born at La Colla (Italy), January 15, 1834.
Taking of the habit at Notre-Dame de l’Osier, October 31, 1853.
Oblation at Marseilles, December 8, 1854. (no. 382)
Dispensed from his vows, January 1856.

Jean Marie Gazzano was born at La Colla in the diocese of Ventimiglia on January 15, 1834. He began his novitiate at Notre-Dame de l’Osier on October 31, 1853 and made his oblation at Marseilles on December 8, 1854. His admission to vows was delayed because Fr. Vandenberghe, the novice master, had some doubts as to the vocation of this novice.

In 1855, he had difficulty dealing with the courses of studies in the final year of the classical course and in philosophy at Montolivet. In his reports, Father Mouchette, the moderator of scholastics, found him to be listless and lazy. Among other things, he wrote: “No virtues or vices here. The best way I can characterize him is to say that he is a man who is asleep.” In the General Council session of January 10, 1856, the decision was taken to dispense him from his vows because, intellectually, he would “be basically unable to acquire the degree of learning rigorously demanded for clerical ministry.”

Yvon Beaudoin, o.m.i.