Wednesday 8th July 2020

Home » saints » Currently Reading:

Catholic Heroes… St. Guido Maria Conforti

November 14, 2019 saints No Comments

By CAROLE BRESLIN

Many men and women who have established religious orders had to overcome various obstacles to obtain canonical approval. In addition to finding those persons with the same heart to serve God’s people, they must acquire housing, and find funding. These may be worldly concerns, but they are still important.
Founders must also consider the statutes for their congregation, give attention to the evangelical counsels, and work with Church officials to get approval according to the Directives of Formation in Religious Institutes published by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life.
No wonder, then, that so many founders have been canonized for their holy lives. One of these is St. Guido Maria Conforti.
To complete the process of organizing a new order takes not only heroic virtue, but — more important — it takes special graces from God.
Guido Maria Conforti was the eighth of ten children born to Rinaldo Conforti and Antonia Adornia on March 30, 1865. The happy family lived in Casalori di Ravadese in Parma, Italy. On the day of Guido’s birth, Rinaldo and Antonia took their son to be baptized.
From his earliest days Guido enjoyed God’s creation — roaming the fields, climbing the trees looking for birds’ nests, and running down the lanes care free. Nature brought him enjoyment, but Christ brought him joy.
When he began to attend school at the Christian Brothers Oratory of Peace in Borgo delle Colonne, he would visit Christ on the crucifix for their daily conversation. In his later years he wrote of this time, “I looked at Him and He looked at me and seemed to say many things.”
Guido was confirmed by Msgr. Domenico Maria Villa in Parma when he was eight years old. The following year he received his First Holy Communion in Holy Sepulchre Church.
Guido joined the seminary on November 4, 1876, overcoming his father’s resistance, even though he was only eleven years old. While there, Guido performed admirably, exceeding in his studies, growing in holiness, and practicing uncommon diligence and obedience.
When Guido read the letters and accounts of St. Francis Xavier, Jesuit missionary in India and the Far East, he hoped to join either the Society of Jesus or the Salesians of St. John Bosco. Both applications were denied.
Fr. Andrea Carlo Ferrari, rector of the seminary since November 1877, took Guido under his special guidance and mentored him for future service to the Church. As Guido made progress through the different levels of Ordination, he took copious notes during his annual retreats. As a faithful man of God, he frequently referred to these notes to reflect on how well he was keeping his retreat resolutions.
In early 1887 Guido was appointed tutor of the first-year high school students as well as vice-rector of the seminary. In 1888 he was ordained a subdeacon in the bishop’s chapel by Msgr. Miotti; then in May he became a deacon.
Upon his Ordination, Guido’s superiors gave him the responsibility of teaching Italian to the seminarians. In this position, he proved to be a great model of sanctity and charity.
In 1891, Bishop Ferrari of Guastalla repeatedly asked Fr. Guido to become the rector of the seminary, but Guido refused each time. Then Fr. Guido became a canon of the Parma Cathedral in April 1892. Later that year, he was appointed to the Philosophical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The following year, on March 30, 1893, Fr. Guido became the director of the Pius Society of the Propagation of the Faith as well as the director of the Association of St. Vincent de Paul. Shortly after these appointments, Fr. Guido began formal plans for a missionary association.
On December 3, 1895, Fr. Guido received approval for his Xaverian Missionaries from Pope Leo XIII. The first missionaries were sent to China in 1899. As part of their farewell, missionaries were given a special crucifix. Thus, on March 1, 1899, Fr. Guido gave the crucifix to Fr. Caio Rastelli and the seminarian Eduardo Manini as they left with Msgr. Fagolla. Sadly, news reached Fr. Guido in 1901 that Fr. Rastelli had died in China.
A detour in his missionary work came from Pope Leo XIII when he appointed Fr. Guido bishop of Ravenna, on the eastern coast of Italy. However, his health soon failed him and Pope Pius X reluctantly accepted Fr. Guido’s resignation in 1904.
Later that year, having recovered his health, he was appointed coadjutor bishop of Parma and titular archbishop of Stauropolis. During this time, Archbishop Guido worked on writing the Constitutions of the Xaverian Missionaries and the formation of the missionary students.
In 1907 Guido became archbishop of Parma and began making pastoral visits in his diocese, which he made four more times during his 24 years as bishop. He also held two synods and promoted Catholic Action.
Parma experienced difficulties during his time, so he worked diligently to restore peace, leading people back to the faith, sanctifying the clergy, forming the laity, establishing a Catholic press, and holding Marian and missionary congresses.
In 1908 Parma suffered from labor strife and strikes. To alleviate the plight of both peasants and the priests, the archbishop founded a group of lawyers to plead their causes. Likewise, when there was increasing conflict between the city officials and those promoting fascism, Archbishop Conforti interceded and mediated a peaceful resolution.
When Archbishop Guido Conforti made his ad limina visit to the Pope on February 25, 1916, he gave the Pope the Statutes of the Missionary Union of the Clergy, asking for approval.
As the statutes were being reviewed in Rome, Conforti worked long hours in his diocese, developing the faith of his flock and encouraging the holiness of his priests.
In 1916 he met with Fr. Paolo Manna to correct the first draft of the statutes for the Missionary Union of the Clergy and they were finally approved on October 31, 1916 by Pope Benedict XV.
In 1917 a branch of the Missionary Union was established in Parma and in 1918 the attendees at the Missionary Institute Conference unanimously elected the archbishop as the first president of the Missionary Union of Clergy.
With the support of the Pope, Archbishop Conforti sent letters to all the clergy of Italy asking them to implement Pope Benedict XV’s directives on the propagation of the faith as contained in his apostolic letter, Maximum illud, issued on November 30, 1919.
After 25 years, the Missionary Union of the Clergy received approval of its Constitutions in a letter from Willem Cardinal Van Rossum, the prefect of Propagation of the Faith. Over the next ten years, Archbishop Conforti presided over the opening of various shrines, congresses, and meetings of the Union. On February 23, 1927, he announced the end of his term as president of the Union.
The following year the archbishop made his first and last trip to China to visit the missionaries. Shortly after his return, he attended the opening of two junior seminaries. These were his last official appearances.
One week after he presided over the Ordination of the sub-diaconate on October 25, 1931, he was confined to his bed and received Viaticum. He died on November 5, 1931.
Pope John Paul II beatified him in 1996 and Pope Benedict XVI canonized him in 2011. His feast day is November 5.

+ + +

(Carole Breslin home-schooled her four daughters and served as treasurer of the Michigan Catholic Home Educators for eight years. For over ten years, she was national coordinator for the Marian Catechists, founded by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ.)

Share Button

2019 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

Please educate yourself on this! Toward the end of this statement 2 points are made that are contrary to FAITH...#1 opposing the nuclear family (where is dad?) and #2 opposing God’s plan for sex as a union of male & female. This agenda is DANGEROUS!

John Roberts certainly should qualify as one of the top 10 recalls in history of the Supreme Court.#fraud

Likely two more Supreme Court appointments likely in the next presidential term. Something to consider. The conservative majority is a myth. Roberts has proven himself to be another leftist. Thank Bush for this one.

Bishop Strickland . . . Solidarity, Subsidiarity, And Economic Concerns - https://t.co/Oj27NNYvBu

3M headquarters, Mn. Displaying their true colors-Just another corporation "celebrating" and contributing to our culture of decadence.

Load More...

21 doctors tell bishops Communion on tongue ‘safer’ than in hand

June 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Twenty-one Austrian doctors have authored a letter appealing their country’s Bishops’ Conference to lift the de facto ban on receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, which has been enforced since Communion in the hand was…Continue Reading

Catholic priest among defenders of St Louis statue

CNA Staff, Jun 27, 2020 / 09:36 pm MT (CNA).- Fr. Stephen Schumacher, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was among the defenders of a prominent statue of the city’s namesake as protesters called for its removal Saturday.…Continue Reading

‘I cannot remain silent’: Madison Catholic bishop condemns destruction of religious statues

Denver Newsroom, Jun 24, 2020 / 04:08 pm MT (CNA).- As rioters across the United States target statues depicting historical figures, the Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday denounced that destruction, along with calls to destroy some depictions of Jesus…Continue Reading

John Roberts tries to suppress Reagan’s letter

After three and a half years of legal wrangling, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in August of 1985 ordered the 16,433 mangled babies’ bodies found in Woodland Hills in 1982 to be turned over to the Guerra-Gutirrez-Alexander Mortuary…Continue Reading

Pope Francis declares Catholic sister killed in Satanic ritual a martyr

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2020 / 12:40 pm MT (CNA).- Pope Francis declared Friday that Sister Maria Laura Mainetti, an Italian religious sister killed by three teenage girls in a Satanic sacrifice, was a martyr for the Catholic faith. The…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider: Catholics and Muslims share no common faith in God, no common adoration

June 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider has once more raised his voice concerning the controversial February 4, 2019 Abu Dhabi Statement on Human Fraternity where Pope Francis and a Grand Imam jointly declared, among other problematic statements, that God wills…Continue Reading

German cardinal criticizes ‘synodal path,’ exhorts German Church to ‘remain Catholic’

COLOGNE, Germany, June 5, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, the head of the Archdiocese of Cologne in Germany, has called on the Church in Germany to strengthen its identity as part of the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic…Continue Reading

US bishop reverses plan to ban Communion on tongue as churches reopen

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana, May 15, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Douglas Deshotel has revised his decision to allow only reception of the Eucharist in the hand amid the coronavirus pandemic. He credited guidelines issued by the Thomistic Institute for correcting his previous…Continue Reading

Sainthood causes open for St John Paul II’s parents

A ceremony launching the causes of the Wojtyłas took place at the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wadowice, John Paul II’s birthplace. At the ceremony, the Kraków Archdiocese officially formed the tribunals that will seek…Continue Reading

President Trump on National Day of Prayer: “Never Forget That All Things are Possible With God”

On this National Day of Prayer, Americans reaffirm that prayer guides and strengthens our Nation, and we express, with humility and gratitude, our “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”  As one Nation under God, we share a legacy…Continue Reading

Coronavirus In Minnesota: Archbishop Hebda Gives Guidelines For Reopening Catholic Churches

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Archbishop Bernard Hebda, head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, says he anticipates reopening churches on May 18, which is when the state’s current stay-at-home order expires. In a letter to Catholics, he outlined strict guidelines…Continue Reading

Joe Biden Calls Killing Babies in Abortions “Essential Health Care That Cannot be Delayed”

Today, presumed Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden stated that abortions are “essential health care that cannot be delayed” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden’s statement was in response to a question during a virtual town hall in which pro-abortion…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

Catechism

Today . . .

Abp Viganò defends his union with Church: ‘I have no desire to separate myself from Mother Church’

July 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – “I have no desire to separate myself from Mother Church, for the exaltation of which I daily renew the offering of my life,” stated Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò regarding accusations that he was “on the brink of schism” over his comments regarding the Catholic Church in relation to the 1962-65 Vatican II council.  In a new post today that was first published by Sandro Magister in Italian and Marco Tosatti in English (read full…Continue Reading

English Catholic bishop: parishes see ‘dramatic fall’ in income following lockdown

CNA Staff, Jul 6, 2020 / 04:30 am MT (CNA).- An English bishop has said that parishes have seen “dramatic fall” in income as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury urged the government to step in to help dioceses struggling financially as a result of the pandemic.  “The weeks of the national lockdown saw a dramatic fall of about a third in parish income. This is having a serious impact…Continue Reading

President Trump tweets Catholic author’s warning that ‘there is a war against Christianity’

July 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – On July 2, only hours after Dr. Taylor Marshall had given an interview to the U.S. cable network One America News (OAN) about the current crisis in America, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet highlighting the Catholic author’s warning. “Dr. Taylor Marshall, author. ‘There Is A War On Christianity’. @OANN,” Trump tweeted. Marshall had pointed out that the current attacks on sy

Cardinal Zen contradicts Hong Kong cardinal: China’s new national security law will hurt freedom of religion

HONG KONG, June 30, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― China has imposed a new security law on Hong Kong that Cardinal Joseph Zen believes will have a deleterious effect on religious freedom. In a Cantonese video produced by the “Catholic Faithful Watching the Hong Kong National Security Law,” Cardinal Zen, 88, said the national security law imposed upon Hong Kong by the mainland government cannot guarantee “true” religious freedom.  In doing so, he directly contradicted Cardinal John…Continue Reading

SF threatens enforcement against Catholic archdiocese for violating health order on gatherings

The San Francisco city attorney’s office told the archdiocese of San Francisco this week to stop holding “multiple indoor large gatherings at its facilities,” in violation of the city’s health order prohibiting such assemblies during the COVID-19 pandemic. After multiple rounds of correspondence between the city and the archdiocese over the gatherings, City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a cease-and-desist letter on Monday, ordering the archdiocese to discontinue the indoor religious services it has held in…Continue Reading

Advertisement3

Liberty Counsel . . . Calls U.S. Supreme Court Louisiana Ruling A Supreme Blunder

WASHINGTON, D.D. — The U.S. Supreme Court released a plurality 4-1-4 opinion siding with the lower District Court that struck down the Louisiana state law known as the “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act,” which requires doctors performing abortions to have admission privileges at a state-authorized hospital within 30 miles of the abortion center. Liberty Counsel reported…Continue Reading

Church Attendance Vs. Protests . . . De Blasio And Cuomo Get Creamed In Court

By BILL DONOHUE Protesters can take to the streets, some violently, and that is okay by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo — the mob does not have to abide by social distancing rules — but religious New Yorkers cannot congregate in their houses of worship lest they imperil the public health.Well, the…Continue Reading

Open To Everything, Dedicated To Nothing

By DONALD DeMARCO “Merely having an open mind is nothing,” wrote G. K. Chesterton. “The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”We have elevated “openness” to the status of a principle and in the process have forgotten what it is that we should select.…Continue Reading

Now It’s Woodrow Wilson’s Turn

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Now that statues of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Grant, and Theodore Roosevelt have been desecrated, vandalized, toppled, and smashed, it appears Woodrow Wilson’s time has come.The Cultural Revolution has come to the Ivy League.Though Wilson attended Princeton as an undergraduate, taught there and served from 1902 to 1910 as president,…Continue Reading

Nevada Church Says Governor Treats Churches Worse Than Casinos

RENO — Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Ryan Tucker, director of the ADF Center for Christian Ministries, issued a statement explaining ADF’s appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley.The Nevada church is challenging Gov. Steve Sisolak’s church gathering ban that allows casinos, restaurants, theme…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Fulfill The Word Of God

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11Romans 8:18-23Matt. 13:1-23 In the first reading God tells us through the Prophet Isaiah that His word will not return to Him void; rather, it will do His will, achieving the end for which He sent it. This word can be understood in two ways: Jesus, the…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . For The New Evangelization . . . We Need Epiphanies Of Beauty

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND Part 1 Pope St. John Paul II On Beauty On Easter Sunday in 1999, Pope St. John Paul II issued a reflective letter addressed specifically to artists. He referred to artists as “Images of the Creator.” He wrote that “to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art. Art must make…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: More thoughtful insights from Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City: “Robert Gould Shaw was born into an abolitionist Unitarian family in Boston in 1837. . . . During the Civil War, he was eventually promoted to colonel and, following the Emancipation Proclamation, he led New England’s first all-black military unit, the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Stop Complaining And Start TLM-ing

By Fr. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Church is in a deplorable state, we all agree. At least those with eyes to see. Attendance is plummeting through the floor after the devastation of COVID in what were once the largest parishes.The elderly are being told by their doctors to not return to Mass. In many parishes the retired individuals were keeping…Continue Reading

The Yoke Of Jesus Is Love

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings:Zech. 9:9-10Romans 8:9, 11-13Matt. 11:25-30 In the Gospel reading our Lord invites those who labor and are burdened to come to Him for rest.Given this statement, what follows seems to make no sense. Jesus tells us to take His yoke upon us and learn from Him because He is…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph, Patron Of Fathers

By DEB PIROCH This week’s column is a personal labor of love. You see, our family has had a special devotion to St. Joseph (Josef) going back generations. My Father’s grandparents on both sides, maternal and paternal, were immigrants from Slovakia. And because it was quite common to name the eldest boy after St. Joseph, protector of families, most of…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Nicholas Owen

By DEB PIROCH First you see him . . . and then you don’t. Dangerous times call for dangerous measures. During the reign of Elizabeth I and James I of England, St. Nicholas Owen was the expert at creating what became known as “priests’ holes,” or secret hiding spots for clergy. Located in the homes of wealthy recusant Catholics, these…Continue Reading

Advertisement(2)