150 years ago when our Founder, Ven. Gaetano Errico gathered the
members of his fledgling congregation around him, surely the thought
of his beatification in
the Church he so loved never entered his mind.
Then he only thought of serving the poor, listening to their
cares and fears, leading them to reconciliation with the God he
so loved…encouraging them to draw ever closer to the Hearts of Jesus
and Mary. Now in 2001
the reality of his being declared Blessed is imminent.
It is a wonderful occasion for us, his Missionaries, but
also for you. You have
joined us in prayers for his beatification and with your devotion
to the Sacred Hearts, you have made his mission grow and deepen.
His ministry was face to face…but for me, my connection with
so many of you is through the mail.
But I do feel we are true friends and I, too, share our Founder's
belief that we are all one family...under the loving care of the
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. I humbly ask your prayers
for our congregation and its mission started so long ago by our
beloved Founder. I
know you join me in looking forward to the official Vatican ceremony
where Ven. Gaetano Errico will be declared "Blessed" as
surely he has always been blessed in the hearts of those he touched
so long ago.
God bless you and keep you always,
Father Anthony, M.SS.CC.