In 1892, when he was 11, he entered the seminary of Bergamo for high school studies with the economical help of his parish priest Francesco Rebuzzini and father Giovanni Morlani, owner of the field cultivated by the Roncallis. Here he conceived the thought of making every effort in order to become saint as it is written in his “Journal of a soul” that he began to write in 1895. Given his moral and intellectual abilities, in 1901, he was sent to Rome to continue his studies as a student of the Seminario Romano dell’Apollinare. In an environment of openness and new cultural settings, the intellectual formation given by the roman seminary, he says, “ gave him discrete wings to our youth and encouraged us to greater horizons”. In the years 1901-1902 he made the anticipated request for the military service, sacrificising himself in the place of his brother Zaverio who was needed at home to work in the fields. It was a real purgatory “and yet -he wrote- J feel that the Lord with his providence is close to me” He gratuated in Sacred Theology in 1904.