Last Saturday between the vaults of the ancient Basilica dedicated to the Immaculate Conception in Catanzaro, the heavenly patron saint of the city, a moment of intense spirituality was celebrated which saw the participation of the brothers of the Silvestrino associationwho came from the city and from the regional provincial delegations, to find each other in prayer and friendship.
At the celebration, chaired by Monsignor Luigi Casolini di Sersale, founder and president of the association, assisted at the altar by the ecclesiastical master of ceremonies, the canon Ciro Zeno. The directors and the representatives of the provinces of Reggio Calabria, Cosenza, Vibo Valentia, Crotone and Sersale symbolically guided by the regional delegate, they found the doors of the city and the heart of the people of Catanzaro wide open. There was no lack of relatives, friends and future members of the association.
The liturgical service that assisted the celebrant was excellent and consolidated. Particularly appreciated was the presence of the prefect, Maria Teresa Cucinotta, and mayor, Nicola Fiorita. The presence of the authorities at the religious rite, he intended to emphasize both the appreciation for the growing activity of the Silvestrino group both the esteem that its members have been able to collect over time by operating silently in the social fabric.
There was no shortage of other authorities operating in important institutional sectors health, business and culture. Intense spiritual communion was not lacking with the Royal Archconfraternity of St. John the Baptist of the Knights of Malta ad honorem, led by the prior, Mario Cristiano, accompanied by some sisters and brothers of the prestigious ecclesial reality.
The partnership, in fact, it is known not only for the historical heritage that characterizes it but for its spiritual and moral commitment which makes it an object of esteem in the city and on the Italian territory. For the presidency, in addition to the rector, the chancellor, Antonio Palma, president of the State Printing and Mint Institute and the V. Secretary General, the Count Grand’Uff took part. Paolo Sabatini, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the beginning of the celebration, the canon parish priest of the co-cathedral, as well as the city’s Marian shrine, addressed a greeting address from the metropolitan archbishop, Claudio Maniago, absent because he was engaged in Matera with the Holy Father and the Italian Episcopal Conference. Touching some passages from the homily taken from the Gospel of St. Luke and the book of Qoelet, which highlighted the importance of living Christianity with humility and sincere service of one’s neighbor, in the awareness that life flows quickly and everything is “Vanity of vanities” destined to end .
Particularly exciting the musical pieces that accompanied the celebration performed by the merger of the competent choir “Ecce Homo” of Mesoraca and the choir SS Pietro e Paolo Ap. Di Petronà, both directed by the Director M ° Dr. Giorgio Versea and the organ M ° Rosario Folino both associated. During lunch in a splendid structure in Sarrottino, surprisingly a welcome gift from the members of the Provincial delegation of Catanzaro was delivered to the president, accompanied by the reading of a particularly significant and moving text.
At the end and always a surprise has come a plaque rememberor, sent by the presidency of the provincial and regional delegation of the Calabrian chivalric honors, also accompanied by words of esteem and affection. No less excellent was the previous evening, organized in Sellia Marina, by the owner of a famous associated restaurant who, with affability and competence, made people taste local foods, thus allowing the many who arrived in advance of the official date of the associative meeting to get to know each other and start your Calabrian stay “great”.
The general applause and admiration towards the delegate Iolanda Santa de Furia, the board and the members all, for the commendable organization he did not wait to reach the presidency which hopes that initiatives of such high spiritual, human and cultural value will be an example to other delegations in the area.