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oies ciasa freinademetz

Birthplace of Saint Giuseppe Freinademetz

South Tyrol’s first saint was born in Oies in Badia: His birthplace can still be visited there today

Josef Freinademetz, Ujöp in Ladin and Giuseppe in Italian, was born on April 15, 1852 in a small house that belonged to his father. At the age of 23, he was ordained a priest, and 4 years later went to China as a missionary. The first years were marked by gruelling work in establishing the first Christian parishes: The Province of South Shantung, where he lived and worked, had only 158 baptised people among 12 million inhabitants in 1881. He was never to return: Shèng Fú Ruòsè, as Father Freinademetz was called in China, died of typhus in China on January 28, 1908. He was also buried there, in Daizhuang in the city of Jining under the 12th station of the Way of the Cross.

Father Freinademetz was beatified by Pope Paul VI in Rome on October 19, 1975, followed by his canonisation by Pope John Paul II on October 5, 2003. Today, the hamlet of Oies, situated at about 1,500 m a.s.l. near San Leonardo in Badia in the Alta Badia, is a much-visited place of pilgrimage, especially in the warmer months: Right in the middle is the 250-year-old birthplace of the missionary. It has been owned by the Society of the Divine Word since the 1960s.

The house where Saint Freinademetz was born is open to the public all year round: His room contains mementos such as Chinese clothes or handwritten letters, and there is a small chapel on the ground floor. The relic consists of St. Freinademetz's hair, which has been kept by the maid since the day of the missionary's departure. A chapel was also built next to the house, where pilgrims can ask God for the saint's intercession. Between the birthplace and the church there is a wayside shrine showing the saint in life-size. And how to reach the birthplace? From Badia it is another 2 km up the hill to the hamlet of Oies (accessible via the Via Crucis P. J. Freinademetz).

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Opening times

  • Sun 21 Apr 08:00 - 20:00
  • Mon 22 Apr 08:00 - 20:00
  • Tue 23 Apr 08:00 - 20:00
  • Wed 24 Apr 08:00 - 20:00
  • Thu 25 Apr 08:00 - 20:00
  • Fri 26 Apr 08:00 - 20:00
  • Sat 27 Apr 08:00 - 20:00

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Spring 2024 (18/03/2024 - 09/06/2024)

  • Mon 08:00 - 20:00
  • Tue 08:00 - 20:00
  • Wed 08:00 - 20:00
  • Thu 08:00 - 20:00
  • Fri 08:00 - 20:00
  • Sat 08:00 - 20:00
  • Sun 08:00 - 20:00

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) 08:00 - 20:00

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) 08:00 - 20:00

Liberation Day 2024 (25/04/2024) 08:00 - 20:00

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 08:00 - 20:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 08:00 - 20:00

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) 08:00 - 20:00

Summer 2024 (10/06/2024 - 08/09/2024)

  • Mon 08:00 - 20:00
  • Tue 08:00 - 20:00
  • Wed 08:00 - 20:00
  • Thu 08:00 - 20:00
  • Fri 08:00 - 20:00
  • Sat 08:00 - 20:00
  • Sun 08:00 - 20:00

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) 08:00 - 20:00

Autumn 2024 (09/09/2024 - 30/11/2024)

  • Mon 08:00 - 20:00
  • Tue 08:00 - 20:00
  • Wed 08:00 - 20:00
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  • Fri 08:00 - 20:00
  • Sat 08:00 - 20:00
  • Sun 08:00 - 20:00

All Saints 2024 (01/11/2024) 08:00 - 20:00

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The birthplace of Saint Giuseppe Freinademetz stays open every day all year round, the Holy Mass is celebrated from Tuesday to Sunday at 4 pm. On January 29, the Catholic Church celebrates the Day of Saint Freinademetz, a Holy Mass will be celebrated in this occasion in Oies.

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