Church - 2002

Namugongo Martyrs’ Shrine. Wikimedia Commons

Blood Witness

ChurchAndrea Costanzi and Fr Fidel Gonzalez

The beatification of Daudi and Jildo, two young Ugandan catechists martyred in 1918, killed because they were faithful to the mandate to communicate the faith by word and by one’s life. A hope for war-torn northern Uganda.

Flag Map of California. Wikimedia Commons

The Bacich Saga (An American Story)

ChurchAnna Leonardi

In the California of the 1980s, the experience of a large family guided by the tenacity of a mother certain of finding a more human Christianity. An exchange of letters, some books in Italian, and finally an encounter…

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. Wikimedia Commons

One Heart

ChurchVincent Nagle

Stalwart and unhesitant, she led a life of adventure and hardship, always at the service of her Society and the Lord, who molded her personality to be a tool of His will, which she followed from the bloody revolution of France to the barely settled lands

St. Katharine Drexel. Wikimedia Commons

Sell What Thou Hast… and Come Follow Me

ChurchChris Reynolds and Mark Baumeister

She died in 1955 and was canonized on October 1, 2000. Her great sympathy for the “Indian and Negro” races, and a desire to bring the Gospel to them, conducted her to embrace the religious life–a life offered for others and led by an Other.

Cardinal Francis Stafford. Wikimedia Commons

Stafford: Church and Movements in America

ChurchSteve Brown

In Washington, DC for a symposium on John Paul II, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity on charisms and mission meets with the Washington CL community: a sincere testimonial of fatherhood and friendship.

Mother Francesca Cabrini. Wikimedia Commons

The Good Sailor

ChurchDino D'agata

Frail but tenacious, her life was marked by hope she always carried for her own life and others. Denied admission as a novice, she was called to found her own order of nuns. “She knew that love not loved and lived was but a dead word."

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Wikimedia Commons

The Promise Fulfilled

ChurchBarbara Gagliotti

The foundress of the vast parochial school system in America: from the Protestant high society of 19th century New York to the conversion to Catholicism against all odds, embracing its consequences with love and compassion.

Statue of Saint Junipero Serra. Wikimedia Commons

California Missions

ChurchRicardo Olvera and Damian Bacich

From Mallorca Island to the Americas. A Franciscan friar of the 18th century in Mexico and Baja California, creating focal points designed for an integral Christian education. Not reduced to a mere doctrine, but witnessing to the adventure of a life.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Wikimedia Commons

The Flowering of a New Life

ChurchDino D'agata

Montreal, 17th century. An eleven-year-old Iroquois girl struck by the Christian proposal of the permanent mission in her village. From Baptism to testimony to death. Declared a blessed in 1980 by Pope John Paul II, her cause is currently in progress.

St. Isaac Jogues. Wikimedia Commons

A Blackrobe Among the Hurons

ChurchLuca Grillo

Foremost among Jesuit martyrs, St Isaac worked tirelessly among Native Americans for 10 years as teacher, healer, slave, and ambassador for peace, all in the name of Christ. From New France to New Amsterdam, a New World adventure of sanctity and love.

'The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Tomb' by Eugene Burnand via Wikimedia Commons

Education and Mission

ChurchFrancis Cardinal George

Cardinal George met the North American Responsibles of CL during the Diakonia in mid-January. His encounter with the Movement, Fr Giussani’s books, and faith in America:“Your communion is what makes people free.” Here are extensive excerpts from his talk.

Pope John Paul II. Wikimedia Commons

Here and Now

ChurchBarbara Gagliotti

With this issue, we begin a series of articles on the lives of American saints and martyrs. We start with an introduction on the figure of the saint, because “it is possible to live the Christian proposal in a serious way.”