Celebrating the liturgical memorial of Blessed Timothy Giaccardo, first Pauline priest of the Pauline Family
|Blessed Timothy Giaccardo|
Back in 1928, the Founder, Father Alberione had set apart several Daughters of St. Paul, the first female Congregation in our religious family to form the nucleus of a new community, one dedicated solely to contemplation and the liturgical apostolate. Both Fr. Alberione and Fr. Giaccardo realized the importance of contemplative prayer to support and enliven the various works of the Congregations that make up the Pauline Family. However, the Holy See advised that no separation from the Daughters of St. Paul would be allowed. The Founder ordered his vicar general, Father Timothy, to assume communication with the Holy See. Father Giaccardo's "mission" called for a good deal of sensitivity and tact, as he delicately set about the task of "helping" the Holy See change its mind. He was successful, and approbation for our Congregation came on the 12th of January 1948.
|Sr. M. Luciana Lazzarini, pddm|
On the 9th of May1985, Pope John Paul II declared Father Timothy Giaccardo "venerable." Four years later, papal confirmation was given of the miracle attributed to his intercession. Sister Mary Luciana Lazzarini, a Sister Disciple of the Divine Master stationed in Japan, had been dying of "bilateral pulmonary tuberculosis." In July, 1954, at the end of a novena made to Father Giaccardo, she was completely and instantaneously cured. Later, the head physician of the sanatorium in Japan converted to Catholicism, along with his children.
As the first beatified member of the Pauline Family, Father Timothy Giaccardo is outstanding also as the first modern-day apostle whose life was consecrated for the explicit purpose of evangelisation with the media. His life is witness to the fruitfulness of contemplation joined with action--a call to fullest union with the Divine Master. It is fitting also that his feastday used to be the same day as the now liturgical memorial of Saint Pope John Paul II, the same Pope who beatified Blessed Timothy in 1989. May these two great men, who worked tirelessly to bring young people to Christ, continue to intercede for us.
|Pope John Paul II prays at the tomb of|
Bl. Timothy Giaccardo whom he beatified in 1989.