St. John Baptist Rossi was born in the diocese of Genoa, Italy, in 1698. He studied under the Jesuits and the Dominicans and was ordained in March 1721. He helped begin a hospice for homeless women in Rome. Additionally, he was a catechist to farmers, the homeless, the sick, beggars, prisoners and many others. Although he avoided hearing confessions for a number of years because he had epilepsy, he eventually changed his mind and became a popular confessor in Rome. He also worked miracles. St. John Baptist Rossi died May 23, 1764.