Josephan priests for 50 years

They gathered in Rome at the General House 50 years after their priestly ordination from 3 to 10 May: Luigi Carletti, Guglielmo Cestonaro, Cesare Cotemme, Roberto Cogato, Bruno Barbieri, Giovanni Oberto, Angelo Dall’Alba, Gino Montagna, and Orides Ballardin. They lived an eventful week in reflection and prayer in Santa Maria ad Rupes, in Viterbo, in the footsteps of Murialdo in Turin, visiting even the Shroud, ending in Montecchio Maggiore, after a passage in Sotto il Monte where they could greet Cardinal Loris Capovilla, secretary of St. John XXIII. On Wednesday they took part in the general audience of Pope Francis.

Memories of the confreres they had known, tales of their formation time and experiences that marked their lives as Josephan priests marked their meeting times and travel time by van because after 50 years, and after so long since they had seen, there were many things to be said. Especially they like to say thanks to the Lord, the Congregation, those whom they have known, and it was expressed especially in the celebration in the chapel of the foundation in Turin Artigianelli, in which the father general gave them a text entitled: Priests of the Council. A memory and a wish: they became priests in the time of the Vatican II Council, they lived times of change inside and outside the Church, but all said they remained Josephites in name and in fact. For today and for tomorrow.




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