On November 16, 2013, Fr. Joachim Rego, Superior General, together with several Consultors went to the city of Ovada (Italy) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the presence of Franca Rodella and Mari Chiarini, consecrated laywomen of Secular Missionaries of the Passion (Institute founded in Sicily by Fr. Generoso Privitera- http://www.secolari.it/ ) who, since 16 November 1963 reside in and care for the house where St. Paul of the Cross was born.

        The main event of the celebration was a concelebrated Mass at which Fr. Joachim was the celebrant together with several Passionist religious, priests of the parish of Ovada and the people of the town. During the celebration, Fr. Joachim presented Franca and Mari a certificate in which they were named Distinguished Benefactors of the Congregation, an honor that the General Curia offered them in recognition of their fidelity and their witness to the Passionist charism during these many years of presence and care for our Founder’s birthplace.