Fifty Years since the Beatification of Blessed Dominic Barberi

         On Sunday, October 27, at the Church in Sutton (Diocese of Liverpool, United Kingdom) where the remains of Blessed Dominic, of Fr. Ignatius Spencer and Mother Elizabeth Prout are enshrined, numerous faithful, including many members of the Passionist family (lay people, Sisters and nuns) gathered together with the religious of the IOS Province to mark the 50th anniversary of the beatification of Blessed Dominic Barberi. It was very impressive to see our religious as well as the Sisters of the Passion who traveled for many hours to be present, inspired by true devotion to Blessed Dominic. Fr. Joachim Rego, Superior General, was principal concelebrant at the Liturgy, together with Fr. John Kearns (IOS Provincial Superior) and also Fr. John Sherrington (former IOS Provincial).

          In his homily, Fr. Joachim referred to Fr. Dominic as “One who was sent as was a witness” of the Lord Jesus – according to the words of Jesus in the Gospel of St. John (“Father, as you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world…”-Jn.17:18-26).  He recalled the extraordinary impression that Dominic made on the mind of the young Cardinal Newman, and finally he underlined the great “dream” that guided Dominic in his mission: to lead all people toward a deep intimacy with God. With true ecumenical spirit, and in the light of the deep love of God for all, which he learned from meditating on the Passion of the Lord, Dominic looked upon all those he encountered with great love and respect.  “At the heart of the matter is love”, continued Fr. Joachim, “and Dominic’s desire was that all would know and experience the depth of God’s love for them and in this light they could only be seen as brothers and sisters”. 

          Following the liturgy, all those present for the occasion were then able enjoy the hospitality and tasty refreshments offered by the local pastor of Sutton and the people of the parish, who still remain very fond of our Passionist religious.

For the whole homily of Fr. General, click here:View