Saint Charles Borromeo was born on October 2, 1538 at the castle of Arona on Lake Maggiore near Milan. At the age of 12, the young Count Charles Borromeo dedicated himself to a life of service to the Church. He was explicit in telling his father that he could only keep the money required for his education and to prepare him for service to the Church. All other funds belonged to the poor of the Church and were to be passed along to them. Borromeo was ordained first to the order of deacon. Then, he was ordained to the holy priesthood on September 4, 1563. Then, he was ordained as a bishop on December 7, 1563. He became Archbishop of Milan on May 12, 1564. The driving out of corruption was a critical matter during Borromeo's time. His strategy was to provide education to many clergy he saw as ignorant. He founded schools and seminaries and colleges for clergy. His work of cleaning up the Church also made him enemies. He was canonized by Pope Paul V on November 1, 1610."
St. Charles Borromeo Church
The newest of the church communities that comprise the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Visalia, St. Charles Borromeo is named after the famous bishop-saint of Milan, Italy, who was instrumental in establishing Catholic Education and Seminaries throughout the church. St. Charles Borromeo Church generally serves the southwest quadrant of the City of Visalia, but obviously is available to all parishioners. The permanent church building is in the planning stages. Mass and other services are now celebrated in the new parish hall. While no official boundaries are yet established, the four weekend Masses now scheduled at St. Charles are very well attended. A building campaign is planned to provide a permanent church. The current facilities at St. Charles Borromeo were blessed and opened in the Fall of 2011.