Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto was born on June 2, 1835, at Riese, Province of Treviso, in Venice. He was the oldest of nine children. His father, Giovanni Battista Sarto, was a mailman and he died before Giuseppe was ordained a priest. His mother, Margarita, was a dressmaker and lived to see her son become the Cardinal of Venice. Two of his sisters became religious nuns and served under him in the Archdiocese of Venice.