Cordial and sincere GREETINGS for a BLESSED CHRISTMAS and HAPPY 2019, an extraordinary one for Lasallians as it has been declared a JUBILEE YEAR by the Holy Father.
This brief communication comes to update Brothers and Lasallians on the status of Beatifications and Canonizations related to the year just ended.
- The most significant events regarding our saints, blesseds, venerables and servants of God were:
January 13: The discussion on the legal-administrative definition of Postulators continued in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, called Postulator Dottoressa Silvia Correale and me, asking to be better informed regarding this serious problem. We answered him and he then forwarded our responses to the noted De Strobel-Forti legal firm of Rome.
January 24: Meeting with Mons. Angelo Bazzari, President of the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation. Our Postulation has concerned itself with Don Carlo’s Cause of Beatification. The Foundation will have to appoint another Postulator by the end of this year. I recommended Mons. Ennio Apeciti, a noted priest of Milan, who collaborated on the Cause and knows it well. The suggestion was accepted.
March 9: During the Intercapitular session an exhibit on Lasallian Holiness was set up in the glass corridor leading from the main entrance to the large chapel.
April 10: The Generalate hosts about 50 Vice Postulators and Collaborators of the Salesian Fathers Causes of Saints. I was invited to give a conference followed by a discussion.
May 29: The Postulators find out the name of the new Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints. He is Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, until now in the Secretariat of State. He will replace Cardinal Angelo Amato, SDB and begin his term on September 1.
June 21: Theological Censors super martyrio of the nine Oviedo seminarians: 9 affirmative votes.
September 1: Since my term as Postulator ends, the Cardinal Archbishop of Caracas, entrusts the Cause of Venerable José Gregorio Hernández (Venezuela) to Postulator Dottoressa Silvia Correale.
October 2: Ordinaria of Cardinals and Bishops:
- All vote positively on the martyrdom of Brother James Miller;
- as well as on the martyrdom of nine Oviedo seminarians.
November 8: Decrees of martyrdom: Brother James Miller and the nine Oviedo seminarians. They will be beatified as soon as possible.
November 15: Another important day for the Institute and for the Cause of Servant of God Brother Victorino Nymphas. The Theological Censors meet to evaluate the Positio super vita et virtutibus and all nine vote affirmatively. We will soon have another Venerable.
November 17: The Lasallian Jubilee Year begins at the Generalate with a solemn ceremony guided by His Excellency Marcello Bartolucci, Secretary of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. (photos)
Jubily Year has been granted by Pope Francis on the tercentenary of the death of Saint John Baptist de La Salle (1719 – 2019). It begins today because on that day in 1951, on the tercentenary of the Founder’s birth, the Generalate Chapel was dedicated to him. The Jubilee year will end on December 31, 2019.
Br. Rodolfo Meoli