Sunday, April 23rd marked the 25th Anniversary of our provincial executive assistant, Margaret Milizzo. Her wonderful disposition, brilliant smile and extraordinary patience has guided and assisted our friars for over a quarter of a century in so many varied ways! We are very grateful to Margaret for her dedication and her wonderful presence over all these years, and pray for many many more years of good health and willing service to the brothers! Thank you Margaret and Happy Anniversary from all the friars of the Stigmata Province!
January 19th at 12:30, our brother Achilles Cassieri embraced Sister Death at St. Lawrence Friary in Beacon. Achilles was born December 28, 1926. He was invested with the Capuchin habit on July 23, 1944 and made his Perpetual Profession of vows on August 2, 1948. He was ordained a priest May 14, 1952. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace.
Wake and Funeral Arrangments for Fr. Achilles Cassieri
St. Lawrence Friary
180 Sargent Avenue
Beacon, New York
Reception of the Body
Tuesday, January 24
Tuesday, January 24
2:00 pm - 5 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:30 pm - Vigil Service
Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, January 25
Followed by Internment and luncheon
The Story of Christmas at Greccio
What better way to prepare for the arrival of the Christ Child than to take a brief journey to Greccio, the spot in central Italy where Saint Francis of Assisi created the first Christmas crib in the year 1223.
Francis, recalling a visit he had made years before to Bethlehem, resolved to create the manger he had seen there. The ideal spot was a cave in nearby Greccio. He would find a baby (we’re not sure if it was a live infant or the carved image of a baby), hay upon which to lay him, an ox and an ass to stand beside the manger. Word went out to the people of the town. At the appointed time, they arrived carrying torches and candles.
One of the friars began celebrating Mass. Francis himself gave the sermon. His biographer, Thomas of Celano, recalls that Francis “stood before the manger…overcome with love and filled with a wonderful happiness…"
For Francis, the simple celebration was meant to recall the hardships Jesus suffered even as an infant, a savior who chose to become poor for our sake, a truly human Jesus.
May Christmas bring you blessings of grace and joy.