St. Anthony Mary Gianelli founded a small missionary congregation of priests to improve the apostolate of preaching to the people and the organization of the clergy.
Newsdesk (June 7, 2021, 12:02, https://gaudiumpress.ca/) On June 7, the Catholic Church celebrates the memory of St. Anthony Mary Gianelli. Born in the Italian city of Cereta on April 12, 1789, he entered the Seminary of Genoa when he was still young and was ordained a priest when he was 23 years old.
In 1827 he founded a small missionary congregation of priests. The mission was to improve the apostolate of preaching to the people and the organization of the clergy. Sometime later, he created a women’s congregation for the free education of poor girls. From this tiny seed emerged the “Daughters of Mary Most Holy of the Garden,” a religious order founded in 1829.
He became bishop in 1838 and carried out a reorganization of his diocese, punishing unzealous priests and even expelling the unworthy. St. Anthony Mary Gianelli died on June 7, 1846, leaving a written document on the morality of the clergy in living a simple and virtuous life of work in the following of Christ.
Phrases of St. Anthony Mary Gianelli
1 – “In every activity we do, let us imitate Mary. Let us build with our example and exercise charity”.
2 – “It is better to be few and resolute than many and inert.”
3 – “In the dangers, in the anguish, in the needs, in the uncertainties, think, seek, invoke Mary.”
4 – “Everything is possible and even easier with God’s help, which is never lacking for those who ask Him with humility and faith.”
5 – “Time is short. While we have it, let us do good.”
6. “Being a missionary is not enough; one must give oneself completely and go where others do not want to go.”
7 – “The Rosary, well prayed and meditated, is the best prayer to revitalize fervor. As much for the great mysteries that it contains, as for the prayers that accompany those mysteries. It is impossible to reflect on these mysteries and prayers without feeling touched by them.”
8 – “In times of trouble and difficult moments, your best ability will consist in turning to God with all humility, simplicity, and trust, and follow His inspirations.
9: “I know that the means are lacking, but God helps when we lack neither faith nor heart.
10 – “I am in God’s hands, and God will help me.”
Prayer to Saint Anthony Mary Gianelli
Saint Anthony Mary Gianelli, founder of two religious congregations, intercede with God to give our priests this same fidelity in the most humble things so that they may be pleasing to God and be real examples for all. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (EPC)
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St. Anthony Mary Gianelli founded a small missionary congregation for priests designed to improve the apostolate of preaching to the people and the organization of the clergy.
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