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.

Sunday, July 06, 2003
On Monday I present the paper, "The Charism of St. Gaspar in Parish Ministry and in Retrouvaille."

This was the third of the papers I was working on, the last to be completed (just yesterday) and the first to be given.

I will try to post the paper, but can only post one at a time, as I am running out of room. So when I post this paper it will be available just for a short time before it replaced by the next one.

Prayers appreciated....




posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 3:44 PM link
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Sonnino

It was a pleasure to see the people smile when the Italian Provincial explained to them that many of us around the world had named our ministry or mission houses after them. I had lived at the Sonnino Mission House in Berkeley, CA and their story had inspired us.

It was a pleasure to walk from the bus up this tiny narrow street toward the church, the 30 or so of us must have made a mighty impression on this little mountain village. There are 6000 people in Sonnino. Sonnino exists today because of St. Gaspar. There is a memorial in the main square that calls Gaspar an Angel of peace. We we walked I heard a villager, an older woman, point to us and describe us as the "sacerdote di San Gaspare." That is a great title, a priest of St. Gaspar. (Cris, you will have to make sure Sr. Marie see this.)

They had transfered the Solemnity of the Precious Blood to the Sunday and so we got to celebrate that again. Imagine a tiny village stone church, built in the 1600's, it holds maybe 150-200 people. They were standing in the aisles. And the procession included 30 priests from 17 countries. It was quite a sight, and the people were quite excited. The singing was incredible.

Sonnino was where Gaspar did his greatest work. It was a joy and honor to gather there as Missionaries of the Precious Blood. It was an immense pleasure to celebrate Eucharist with a people whose memory of St. Gaspar is long and grateful.




posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 3:42 PM link
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Maureen has requested that I provide a link to the list of Participants that is found on our International Website. Here it is. It is a Word Document.



posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 12:29 PM link
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