Scalabrinian Year in Honour of Blessed Scalabrini is Proclaimed

The celebrations for the Scalabrinian Year, which follows the theme “Making the World Everyone’s Homeland”, will last until November 9, 2022.

Newsdesk (10/11/2021 12:00, Gaudium Press) Last Sunday, November 7th, the Scalabrinian Year was officially opened, instituted on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the beatification of the congregation’s founder, Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini. The celebrations will last until November 9th, 2022.

Commemorative Celebrations

Two Eucharistic celebrations in the parish of St. Bartholomew in Como, Italy, where Blessed Scalabrini was parish priest, marked the opening of this commemorative year. On that occasion, men and women religious of the diocese also prayed vespers in the Italian Cathedral.

As a way of preparing the spirit for these celebrations, a conference was held on November 5, with the theme “The Current Relevance of Blessed Scalabrini’s Thoughts on Migration”.

Theme of the Scalabrinian Year

The Scalabrinian Year, which follows the theme “Making the World Everyone’s Homeland”, was conceived as a special time dedicated to a man “deeply in love with God and extraordinarily devoted to the Eucharist”.

During this commemorative period, a series of initiatives will be carried out in collaboration with the Diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio involving the local Church, members of the three institutes, Scalabrinian lay groups and migrant communities.

Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini

Born on July 8, 1839, Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini was Bishop of the Diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio and founder of two Congregations: the Missionaries and the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo, better known as Scalabrinians. He died on June 1, 1905, and was proclaimed Blessed by St. John Paul II on November 9, 1997. 

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