It was born in 1882 in a Milanese family of the liberal and Risorgimento high bourgeoisie.
In via della Stella n.13 they live Napoleon Barelli the father, Savina Canviani the mother and their six children.
Armida - going, as they call her in the family - has two brothers, Gino and Fausto and three sisters, Gemma, Mary and Vittoria.
In the family he does not receive an education in the faith, but breathes profound values, from love for his homeland to the honesty of a hard-working life.
At the age of 12 he arrives in college of Menzingen. There he meets God.