faced the difficult times serenely and patiently, humbly and yet with determination.
He was an enlightened and prudent superior, paternal and unwavering, intuitive, wise and insightful. He was able to address concrete projects, linked to sound traditions and was open to new ventures.
This holy Superior General continually called the religious to be faithful to the Founder and he constantly invited them to remain anchored in the traditions of the Institute and to draw genuine vitality from them in dealing with new situations. During his tenure as Superior General, the Congregation enjoyed an extraordinary flowering of ministry, vocations and new religious houses. At his death, he had doubled the number of religious, monasteries and provinces.
Above all, Blessed Bernard was a holy religious and superior, filled with wisdom that was the fruit of prayer and God’s grace. He used his family’s wealth for the good of the Congregation, while personally living in great and beloved poverty.
He wrote many books to raise the awareness of the Passionist charism and to protect it. Pope St. John Paul II beatified him on 16 October 1988.