FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF VENERABLE GAETANO ERRICO
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and May, abounding in love
and mercy towards all mankind, we thank you for the graces bestowed
on your Servant, Venerable Gaetano Errico, and beseech you to
exalt him whose only desire on earth was to glorify you and spread
your love. Raise
him, we pray, to the honors of the altar, that, enlightened by
the radiance of his virtues, we may praise and glorify you.
VEN. GAETANO ERRICO, M.SS.CC.
POSSIBILITY BY END OF 2000 . . .
| By Fr. Leonard Carrieri,
Surely under the leadership of our present Pope more
men and women have been declared "Blessed" or "Saint"
than ever before. One
we hope to be declared Blessed very soon is Fr. Gaetano Errico, the
Founder of our religious congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred
Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
In March of this year, we received word that a miracle,
which occurred over 35 years ago, had, at long last, been attributed
to the intercession of Fr. Errico.
This important finding was made official by the medical commission
of the Vatican office for Causes of Saints.
The miracle took place in southern Italy in January
1952 when a local man, diagnosed with a perforation of the duodenum
or stomach wall was cured before a scheduled emergency operation after
he and his wife prayed to Fr. Errico for his intercession.
After slipping a relic of our Founder under her husband's pillow
and praying together, marked improvement began and the man was restored
to complete health.
Venerable Gaetano Errico
FOUNDER OF THE MISSIONARIES OF THE SACRED
HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY
Although it has been many years since it had been verified
that our Founder possessed heroic virtues in his life, gaining
him the title of "Venerable", the story of this miracle
had lain dormant in the records at our Motherhouse in Italy.
Under the direction of our newest Superior General, Fr. Luigi
Toscano, the case was again presented for investigation.
Within the last few weeks, the Vatican theological
commission also has given its approval to the findings of the medical
panel. Its task was
to verify that the miracle took place
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