The New Gasparian
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A journal dedicated to the life and mission of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, and to a life lived in response to the call and the cry of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our on-going mission is to share good news of hope and communion.

Saturday, October 19, 2002
October 20-22, 1992

These five women lived out their vocation by doing the ordinary things of life with an extraordinary spirit of love, dedication, and faithfulness. This message is one that our wounded world needs today. The stories of these women, of their lives and finally of the work and dedication that led to their deaths, can bring much-needed hope to those who see in their lives little or nothing to hope in, and can bring encouragement and support to those of us who have hope but find it dulled by the concerns of everyday living.

Barbara Ann Muttra, Shirley Kolmer, Mary Joél Kollmer, Agnes Mueller, and Kathleen McGuire were heroic both in their dedication and their commonplaceness. Through pondering their lives and work, we Christians can rediscover the fact that it is precisely in going about our ordinary business with an extraordinary spirit that we become saints.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:58 PM link
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San Gaspare del Bufalo

You will find him called many things. I have seen him listed on the Web in a variety of places as:

Gaspar Bufalo
Gaspar of Bufalo
Gaspar de Bufalo
Gaspar del Bufalo

One website even still lists him as Bl. Gaspar, even though he was canonized in 1954. He is Italian. His name is Gaspare. Caspar and Kaspar come from German and English translations of his name. Someone once asked me if Caspar, the friendly ghost, was named after him.

This website still lists the wrong date for his feast. St. Gaspar died on December 28 and so that would normally be his feast day, except for the fact that it is already a major feast day, the Feast of the Holy Innocents. St. Gaspar's feast was once celebrated on January 2nd, a date close to the anniversary of his birth. Gaspar was born on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany. A date so close to Christmas and New Years proved to be a difficult time for a religious community to gather its members and associates together for a celebration. I do not know the exact date the feast day was changed. Possibly Frs. Ballor or Cera can post more reliable information. I have been associated with this community in one way, shape or form since 1980 and Gaspar's feast has been celebrated on October 21 as long as I can remember. This was a date chosen to reflect the anniversary of one of Gaspar's earliest missions, the foundation of the evening oratory for the workers in the fields and markets, soon after Gaspar's ordination.

Here is a site that I had a hand in creating on Catholic Information Network, the home of the Gaspar list. The Gaspar is list is a place to carry on conversations about the life and ministry of St. Gaspar and the Spirituality of the Precious Blood. (This Weblog has been more successful in starting those conversations, though)

Here is a website that belongs to the parish where I served as Pastor from 1994 to 2001.

Anybody want any more information about St. Gaspar? There is a book on his life being published soon in English, and there are many other resources available at St. Charles Center in Ohio. Fr. Ballor there can provide you with a CD filled with all his letters and much more information.

May the celebration of his feast bring you many blessings.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 12:24 PM link
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Greetings from Rome

This message was received today from the Generalate in Rome, forwarded by Fr. Jerry Stack, CPPS, the Secretary General.

"By divine mercy, our Institute continues to be blessed by the Lord; it offers a special service for the urgencies of our times."

"El Instituto, por la misericordia divina, sigue siendo bendecido por el Señor, y presenta una proporción especial para la urgencia de los tiempos."

"L'Istituto per divina misericordia prosiegue ad esser benedetto dal Signore, e presenta una proporzione speciale all'urgenza dei tempi."

-----S. Gaspar to Msgr. G. Costantini, 1834

Our best wishes and prayers to all as we celebrate the Feast of St. Gaspar!

Nuestos saludos y oraciones a todos mientras celebramos la Fiesta de San Gaspar!

I nostri saluti e preghiere a tutti mentre celebriamo la Festa di San Gaspare.

Barry Fischer, CPPS
Francesco Bartoloni, CPPS
Jerome Stack, CPPS
Robert Schreiter, CPPS
Luís Filipe Cardoso Fernandes, CPPS

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 10:32 AM link
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