On 2nd July 1950 he was ordained a priest (in the Parish Church of the Most Holy Immaculate Maria) in San Giorgio Jonico. In 1952 his pastoral ministry began in the Parish of Holy Mary of the People in S. Giorgio Jonico, first as a curate, then as vicar economist and then, from the 9th October 1955 onwards, as parish priest.
His apostolic activity has always been directed towards the particular care of the souls entrusted to him, above all the youth, through spiritual direction, attention to priestly vocations, assistance to lay organizations, charity towards the sick and the poor. In this apostolic context are to be found the origins of the Institute “Servants of Suffering”.
Various factors contributed to the maturing of the foundational project of a new spiritual family: the ministry of preaching and of spiritual direction to young people who were open to the call of the Lord, the profound attraction towards the spirituality of Padre Pio, the numerous vocations among the youth, a sign of the benevolence of the Lord, the encouragement of their own bishops.