Federico Albert (1820-1876) was an Italian priest and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul of the Immaculate Conception or the Albertine Sisters.
He was born in Turin, Italy, on October 16, 1820. At the age of 15 he decided to join the military, but felt an inner voice and reflected on his vocation to the priesthood and then entered the Seminary.
He continued his studies at the Royal University of Turin, where he studied theology. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1843.
He exercised his ministry as chaplain at the Courts without, however, neglecting the apostolate of caring for the marginalized (this included even criminals). His virtuus life of service to the people led the monarch, Victor Emmanuel II (1820-1878), to recognize the social aspect his magnificent service.
He resigned his position in the aforementioned chaplaincy in order to minister full-time to his parishioners and the needy.
A contemporary of St. John Bosco, he exchanged with him his altruistic ideas about charitable institutions. His vast mission included the establishment of orphanages, day-care centers, homes for abandoned girls, conservatories, language training centers, teacher training colleges, etc. He founded the congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Mary Immaculate in 1869, known as the Albertine Sisters.
Out of humility, he declined an episcopal appointment.
In 1873, near the end of his life, he established an agricultural colony. While decorating the chapel, he suffered a fall that caused him injuries and death in Lanzo Torinesse, on September 30, 1876.
On September 3, 1984 he was beatified by Pope John Paul II.