The third National Symposium on St. Joseph, organized by some religious families who have him as patron, including the Josephites of Murialdo, was held in Asti and Turin on 1 and 2 May 2015. The May Day the participants gathered in Asti in the afternoon. After the usual greetings (including the one by Fr. General, Mario Aldegani), Dr. Andrea Tornielli, Vatican correspondent of the newspaper “La Stampa” spoke on “San Giuseppe guardian of the Redeemer teaches us to ‘guard’ today,” an increasingly delicate task. Later, together with his colleague Enrico Lenzi of “Avvenire” he interviewed Father Tarcisio Stramare, from the Josephites of Asti, the theologian who helped St. John Paul II to prepare his Letter on St. Joseph Guardian of the Redeemer.
Finally Father Gianfranco Verri, Josephite of Murialdo, outlined his paintings placed in the city’s Josephan shrine. The solemn concelebration, presided over by Cardinal Lajolo, and dinner concluded the day, which was attended by about three hundred people.
The following day, in Turin, the Salesian priest Andrea Bozzolo, Dean of the Turin section of the Pontifical Salesian University, spoke about St. Joseph as an example and patron for families, in particular as a model for fathers of our time. Sister Cristina Gavazzi, provincial superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, presented him as a model and example for the consecrated persons, with his “yes” founded on God’s faithfulness and his tendertaking care of the other.
These two papers were recalled and deepened in the round table, with the participation of Sister Orsola Bertolotto, Mother General of the Murialdine Sisters, Mr. Roberto Fioretti, member of the “Piccolo Disegno” of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Brother Lino da Campo, of the Brothers of the Holy Family.
The tribute to Father Stramare of a painting of Fr. Verri, also used in the logo of the Symposium, concluded its works. After the lunch offered at the Artigianelli Institute, those who wished went to the Cathedral to visit the Shroud of Turin.
(For the first three photos we thank the «Gazzetta d’Asti» weekly publication, and for the others the Sisters of St. Joseph Italian Federation)