ARCHBISHOP MOACYR J. VITTY, C.S.S. IS CALLED BACK TO FATHER’S HOME

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Most Rev. Moacyr José Vitti, C.S.S., Archbishop of Curitiba, PR (Brazil)

National Conference of the Catholic Bishops in Brazil

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Most Rev. Moacyr J. Vitti, CSS, Archbishop of Curitiba, dies in Brazil

There passed away today, victim of a heart attack, the Archbishop of Curitiba, PR (state of Paraná), Most Rev. Moacyr José Vitti, who belonged to the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata, and was Archbishop of Curitiba since 2004.

He was born in Piracicaba, SP (state of São Paulo), on November 30, 1940. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the St. Gaspar Bertoni Institute, in Campinas, SP.  He was ordained a Stigmatine Priest on December, 1967.  He was specialized in Catechism and Doctor in Dogmatic Theology by the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, in Rome.[1]

Abp. Vitti was elected bishop on November, 1987, and received the Episcopal ordination on January, 1988, in Americana, SP.  From 1988 to 2002, as Auxiliary Bishop of Curitiba, he was in charge of the border parishes of the city, the pastorals, social assistance, religious teaching and the Academic Pastoral of the South Region of the National Conference of the Catholic Bishops in Brazil. He was Bishop of Piracicaba, SP from 2002 to 2004, when he was transferred back to Curitiba, PR as Archbishop. In 2007 he was elected President of the South Region of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops in Brazil, position that he hold until 2011.  His Episcopal motto was: “One Single Heart”.

May he rest in peace.

[1] For his Doctorate, he had as his tutor Father Joseph Henchey, CSS

FATHER JAMES E. FLANAGAN, C.S.S. IS CALLED BACK TO FATHER’S HOME

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Father James E. Flanagan, C.S.S., 90, of the Stigmatine Fathers, Waltham, MA, died at The Maristhill Nursing Facility, Waltham, MA on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

Father Flanagan was born on January 14, 1924 in Norwood, MA.  He was the son of Edward J. Flanagan (born in Govern, Scotland) and Grace (Collins), born in Sharon, MA.

He entered the Stigmatine Fathers at Waltham on September 21, 1938. He professed his first vows at Waltham on March 9, 1945. He professed his final vows as a Stigmatine Religious on March 9, 1948 at Wellesley, MA and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Milford, MA on June 3, 1950 by then Bishop (later Cardinal) John Wright.

Father Flanagan served in many apostolates of the Stigmatines: Father Duenas School, Guam; Sacred Heart Church, Feeding Hills, MA; Holy Family Church, Lynn, MA; Sacred Heart Church, Waltham, MA (Pastor); Mount Carmel Church, Pittsfield, MA; St. Anthony Church, Agawam, MA; and All Saints Church, Manassas, VA (Pastor).

He also served the Stigmatine Community as Vicar Provincial and on the Finance Committee.

May He Rest In Peace

Day of Recollection and Work Plan for the Stigmatine Laity

On this first day of summer – the longest of the year [?] – we had a very pleasant day of recollection [Mass and a Conference] here on the liturgical commemoration of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, on the Influence of St. Gregory the Great, Pope, and St. Gaspar Bertoni.

The few of us present made plans for the coming year: to meet each First Saturday – and we will contact the members that used to attend, to see if they might be interested again, with our new format. We will ask for their prayers, and promise our own Mass is at 9:00 a.m. – coffee break after Mass until 10:00 – a 45 minute reflection on the Stigmatine spirituality and 15 minutes or so, of questions and discussion. The idea will be to cover one of the 12 parts of the original Stigmatine Constitutions each month. The typewritten text will be given to each one who can attend. The entire monthly endeavor is due to end around 11:00 a.m., starting in September.

Father Joseph Henchey, CSS,
Moderator of Stigmatine Laity

Provincial Welcome

Dear Friends of the Stigmatines,

Welcome to our newly established BLOG site. Thanks to our dear friends and Lay Associates, Tereza & Vicente Lopes, we are able to communicate with you on this new level.

The Stigmatines endeavor to serve the Church through service to the Bishops of the world. Here in the United States, the Province of the Holy Spouses, Mary and Joseph, we have many ministries: parish ministry, retreat ministry, seminary formation, counseling and foreign missions. We ask you to pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send us candidates for the Stigmatine Priesthood and Religious Life.

Thank you for joining us as together we give honor and praise to our God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Sincerely,

Father Gregory J. Hoppough, C.S.S.,
Provincial Superior

Feast of Saint Gaspar 2014

On June 12, 2014 the Feast of Saint Gaspar was celebrated by the Stigmatine Community at the Espousal Center in Waltham, MA. Massin honor of Saint Gaspar  was celebrated by our Provincial, Fr. Greg Hoppough,  in the Chapel of the Holy Stigmata in St. Joseph’s Hall. Our homilist was Fr. Bob Masciocci.

In addition to our Stigmatine Fathers, the Marist Fathers and Lay Stigmatines attended the Mass. After Mass we were all invited to a dinner in the Dining Room at St. Joseph’s Hall.