On sunday July 23, the feast of San Benedetto was celebratedin the abbey church of San Martino delle Scale.
The solemn liturgy was presided over by H. E. Mons. Rosario Gisana and concelebrated by Father Abbot Vittorio Rizzone.
Before the beginning of the celebration, Father Vittorio Rizzone thanked Mons. Gisana for accepting the invitation to celebrate this important anniversary for the community of San Martino delle Scale.
At the end of the celebration, the Abbot communicated the transfer of the parish Priest Father Francesco La Rocca to Parma as Prior of the Monastery of San Giovanni Evangelista.
Father Francesco greeted the parish community of San Martino and the Mayor of Monreale, Eng. Alberto Arcidiacono, joined the wishes for the new position. The Commander of the Carabinieri of the local station and the Assessor D’Eliseo was present at the celebration.
The function was attended by the Knights of the Constantinian Order led by the Vice Delegate of Sicily, Noble Knight of Grand Cross of Grace Antonio di Janni, the Chancellor of the Delegation of Sicily, Knight Officer Claudio Ragusa, Noble Knight of Grace Manlio Corselli, Commander Vincenzo Nuccio, Knight Giovanni Impastato and the Dames Eugenia d’Alessandro Ferro and Carmela Munda Corselli.
At the end of the Eucharistic celebration, the Fercolo of San Benedetto was brought by the Confraternity of the Sons of San Benedetto and by many faithful through the streets of San Martino.
On Saturday July 22, a solemn Pontifical Mass presided over by H.E. Mons. Giuseppe Sciacca was held in the picturesque setting of the Sanctuary of San Giacomo in the town of Capizzi on the occasion of the feast of San Giacomo.
A medal of the delegation was donated in memory of the visit to Capizzi for San Giacomo by the then Grand Prior, H.E. Cardinal Renato Martino, to the standard of the brotherhood of San Giacomo, Aragonese banner kept inside the Mother Church of Capizzi, which on one side bears the effigies of the Bourbon coat of arms, donated to the city by H.M. King Ferdinand III of Bourbon.
Civil and military Authorities and Venerable Confraternities were present, as well as a Constantinian group of Knights: the Vice Prior of Sicily Commander of Ecclesiastical Grace Don Antonio Cipriano, Archpriest of Capizzi, Don Gaetano Pulvirenti, Knight of Ecclesiastical Grace, Knights Luca Longo and Tony Zarrillo.
On August 18, in the Pontifical Cathedral of Santa Maria dell’Elemosina in Biancavilla, the festivities in honor of the titular patron saint began. Before the Eucharistic rite, an internal procession was held with the translation of the Sacred Icon of the Madonna from her Chapel to the high altar.
The celebration was presided over by Rev. Antonio Cipriano, Comm of Ecclesiastical Grace and Vice Prior of Sicily. The Knights of Ecclesiastical Grace Don Agrippino Salerno and Don Gaetano Pulvirenti, Archpriest of the Parish of Santa Lucia in Acicatena, concelebrated. Comm. Marcello Cantone, Referent of the Order for Noto and Nicosia, with the Knights Cosimo Costa, Luca Longo, Sebastiano Giaimi and Marino Luciano were present.
On Saturday, August 5, at the Cathedral of Santa Maria, Mother Church of Alcamo, the priestly ordination of Don Giuseppe Maltese, a member of the Don Orione religious congregation, who will carry out his priestly ministry in the House of Don Orione in Albania, was celebrated.
The solemn liturgy was presided over by H. E. Mons. Giovanni d’Ercole, Bishop Emeritus of Ascoli Piceno. At the liturgy, in addition to the Alcamese Clergy, also some Orionini Priests and Fellow Seminarians were present.
Among the civil authorities the President of the City Council of Alcano and some Councillors, as well as some Knights of the Sicily delegation, led by the Referent for the city of Alcamo, the Noble Commander of Grace Pier Francesco Mistretta Domina, including the Knights Antonio Vitiello and Gaetano di Gaetano, the Medal Lieutenant Vincenzo Baglio of the sixth Regiment Bersaglieri and Dr. Giuseppe Messina were present.