Anniversary of Perpetual Adoration at Our Lady of
15, 1994 Our Lady of Sorrows Parish initiated Perpetual
Eucharistic Adoration. This year marks the 10th
anniversary of this beautiful devotion. Initially there was
skepticism that such a program, conducted in the parish church
not a private chapel, would face many difficulties and conflicts
with other church functions. In addition questions of security
and safety were raised but thankfully have never materialized.
Fr. Malcolm MacLeod, Pastor of the parish, and avidly devoted to
Eucharistic Adoration, credits the dedication of the
parishioners in the initial planning and ongoing administration
for the strength of the program.
However, with the grace
of God and certainly under the watchful guidance of Our Lady of
Sorrows, adoration has continued and flourished, bringing forth
many graces for the participants and the parish family. Many
who participate by committing to one hour a week or stopping
regularly for short visits, are residents of nearby parishes.
Visitors traveling to shore locations also have learned of the
devotion and stop by to visit. In an age when many churches are
locked during the day, Our Lady of Sorrows Church has become a
quiet haven for those seeking prayer and solace before the
SALVATORE IZZO, M.SS.CC. NEWLY ELECTED SUPERIOR GENERAL, MAKES
FIRST CANONICAL VISIT TO THE USA COMMUNITIES
At the 2004 General
Chapter, Fr. Salvatore Izzo was elected as Superior General for
a six-year term. Fr. Izzo was ordained in December 1968.
Before his election he had served as Pastor of Sacred Heart
Parish in Naples for the past six years. Fr. Izzo's is largely
responsible for the establishment and growth of the
congregation's mission in India. He arrived in India in 1982
and his dedicated work there until 1995, founding formation
houses and seeing the ordination of many Indian vocations,
ensures the continuing success of that endeavor.
During this first of his canonical visits to the States in
July, he visited each community, discussing the needs and future
plans for the American community. He was especially joyful to
visit the new Bl. Gaetano Errico House of Studies in Fairfield,
PA. While there he met several of our students for the first
time. Following the visit to the USA, Fr. Izzo will be
traveling to India continuing the first series of canonical
visits required of his office as Superior General.
(center front) tours Mt. St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD
with members of the American community. (L to R: Bro. Robert
Malagesi, Fr. Michael Messaro, Formation Director; Fr. Izzo,
Bro. Peter DiTomasso and Bro. Frank Myers.