Fr. Giovanni Ceresatto, CSS

Father Giovanni Ceresatto, CSS [1916- +2011] was a great missionary. In 1948 he departed to China, where he served until 1951, when he was expelled for political reasons. In a stop in Bangkok, there came to him the idea of a foundation in Thailand. He developed this idea in St. Agatha, in Rome, when was completing the biography of the Stigmatine Founder (“The Spiritual Profile of St. Gaspar Bertoni”).

He departed to Thailand in 1952 with Fr. Primo Carnovali. In Phuket, they built house, church, and school. In Trang, he received an official recognition from the king. There he died, in the vigil of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, that he loved the most.  He was loved and revered by the confreres, particularly for those who he formed in the 15 years he spent in training.

THE SPIRITUAL PROFILE OF ST. GASPAR BERTONI. Original title: Il Volto e l'anima. Profilo Spirituale di San Gaspare Bertoni, by Rev. Giovanni Ceresatto, CSS [1991]. English translation by Rev. Joseph Henchey, CSS [2005]. Latest revision: Advent, 2014.


Father Donald Saulnier, CSS [1938 – +1994] was a great Stigmatine. He was ordained a Stigmatine Priest in 1965. After a brief missionary experience in Thailand, he served as assistant pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Springfield, MA, until 1969. Then he served as Director of the Stigmatine Catholic Center in Sault Ste. in Ontario, Canada. In 1973 he entered as Chaplain of the American Air Corps and remained there until 1985, reaching the title of Major.

A serious illness [leukemia] forced him to resign from the military, and then he served as Vocation Director of the Province of the Holy Spouses in Cromwell, CT, until 1994, when his precarious condition of health obliged him to resign.

Among other brief works regarding our Stigmatine life, he wrote this beautiful short biography of St. Gaspar Bertoni:

BLESSED GASPAR BERTONI: short biography by Rev. Donald Saulnier, CSS [1987]