Fr. Luigi Giussani

Anniversary Masses: That We May Grow in Service of the Church and Humankind

Fourteen years from the death of Fr. Giussani and thirty-five from the recognition of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, Masses will be celebrated worldwide with the following intention.

To mark the fourteenth anniversary of the death of Servant of God Fr. Luigi Giussani (February 22, 2005) and the thirty-seventh anniversary of the Pontifical recognition of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation (February 11, 1982), Masses will be celebrated by bishops and cardinals in Italy and around the world.

The Mass will be offered for this intention:

“That, through our grateful and faithful participation in the particular history generated today by Fr. Giussani’s charism, each of us may grow in the intelligence of faith, the certainty of hope and the ardor of charity in untiring service to the Church and to our brothers and sisters.”

Recently, Fr. Julián Carrón (President of the Fraternity of CL), spoke about the contribution that faith offers to contemporary men and women in a time that is dominated by fear, saying: “The existential insecurity people face today plunges them into fear. There are so many situations we cannot control with our own strength! The Mystery’s action in our existence does not magically defeat fear, but it fills life with His presence, provoking our reason and freedom to recognize it. Only those who acknowledge it and entrust themselves to it can verify just to what extent this fear is vanquished by His presence. God does not spare us the road of verification. Victory over existential insecurity and fear happens according to a design that is not our own, but it happens. ‘Christianity is a presence within your daily life, a presence that guarantees an unimaginable change, unimaginable’ (Fr. Giussani). If we embrace His Presence, which reaches us today through a human sign, that change is introduced into our lives.”

An updated list of Masses can be found online.

Here is a selection:

Milan, Archbishop Mario Delpini, Feb. 11; Rome, Abbot Roberto Dotta, Feb. 22; Perugia, Card. Gualtiero Bassetti, Feb. 11; Bologna, Archbishop Matteo Zuppi, Feb. 25; Genoa, Card. Angelo Bagnasco, Feb. 27; Florence, Card. Giuseppe Betori, Feb. 15; Naples, Card. Crescenzio Sepe, Feb. 24; Turin, Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia, Feb. 11; Palermo, Archbishop Corrado Lorefice, Feb. 21; Caracas, Card. Baltazar Porras, Feb. 16; New York, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Feb. 17; Madrid, Card. Carlos Osoro Sierra, Feb. 23; Barcelona, Bishop Sergi Gordo Rodríguez, Feb. 9; Moscow, Archbishop Paolo Pezzi, March 7; Vienna, Card. Christoph Schönborn, Feb. 14; Warsaw, Card. Kazimierz Nycz, Feb. 21; Amman, Archbishop Alberto Ortega, March 3; Karaganda, Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikat, Feb. 17; Toronto, Card. Thomas C. Collins, Feb. 13; Buenos Aires, Archbishop León Kalenga Badikebele, Feb. 26; Vilnius, Archbishop Pedro López Quintana, Feb. 8; London, Bishop John Wilson, Feb. 12; Puerto Rico, Archbishop Roberto González Nieves, Feb. 22; Montreal, Archbishop Christian Lépine, Feb. 21; Budapest, Bishop Gábor Mohos, Feb. 22; Prague, Bishop Zdeněk Wasserbauer, March 24; Taipei, Fr. Otfried Chan, Feb. 23; Nairobi, Card. John Njue, March 10; Tunis, Archbishop Ilario Antoniazzi, Feb. 15.