John Merlini (1795 – 1873), followed St. Gaspar at the heading of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. When he came to know St. Gaspar he was attracted by his personality and his preaching of the Blood of Christ. For John Merlini the Blood of Christ is the source of dignity for every human person and the pre-eminent sign of the love of God. The persons who met J. Merlini described him as a “sober, incisive, attracting.” person. His capacity to listen and to know the hearts of people, made him an outstanding and great counselor. In all his ministry he promoted the growth of a multitude of associations that he guided with the goal of renewal of the Church and the good of civil society.