II International Congress in Honor of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary
"In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph "
October 12 to 14, 2012
|Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski||Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki||Msgr. Slawomir Oder||Msgr. Eduardo Chavez Sánchez|
|Fr. Ermelindo DiCapua OFMCap||Foundress Mother Adela Galindo, SCTJM||Dr. Marina De Cesare||Patricia Talbot de Vega|
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, on October 18, 1950. He studied Philosophy at St.John Vianney Minor Seminary in Miami, Florida, and Theology at St. Vincent de Paul Major Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Miami on May 15, 1976. He obtained a Master of Divinity (1975) from the Boynton Beach Seminary and a Master of Arts in Sociology from Fordham University in New York. He served three years as parochial vicar Corpus Christi church. In 1979, he was assigned to the newly established Haitian apostolate of the Archdiocese of Miami. He served as pastor of the three Haitian mission parishes: Notre-Dame d’Haiti in Miami, Divine Mercy in Fort Lauderdale, and St. Joseph in Pompano Beach. In January 1996, then Father Wenski was appointed the Archdiocesan Director of Catholic Charities, one of the largest Catholic social service agencies in the United States. In this capacity he helped forge a collaborative relationship with Caritas Cuba. Since 1996 he has traveled to Cuba on many occasions on behalf of the Church. On June 24, 1997, he was appointed auxiliary bishop or the Archdiocese of Miami, and was ordained to the episcopacy on September 3, 1997. Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Wenski as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Orlando on July 1, 2003, and he took possession of the see on November 13, 2004. On April 20, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the fourth Archbishop of Miami and Metropolitan of the Province of Miami (which includes the seven dioceses of the state of Florida). In addition to English, Archbishop Wenski speaks Haitian Creole and Spanish fluently.
His Excellency Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki was born on March 29, 1961, in Majdan Łukawiecki. He studied theology at the Catholic University of Lublin and was ordained a priest on September 17, 1987, at the hands of the bishop of Lviv, Archbishop Marian Jaworski (one of the most intimate friends of Blessed John Paul II). He then began to exercise his priestly ministry as parochial vicar. In 1996, he earned a doctoral degree at the Angelicum University of Rome (Italy), and then worked as an official in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. In the same year, he began his service as personal secretary to Pope John Paul II. After the death of the Pope in 2005, he continued serving as secretary of Pope Benedict XVI. On July 16, 2007, he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of the Diocese of Lviv. On September 29, 2007, he received episcopal ordination in the Vatican from the hands of His Holiness Benedict XVI. On October 21, 2008, he became Archbishop of Lviv. On November 22 of the same year, he took possession of the Cathedral in Lviv. It was the first time since World War II that an archbishop of the Latin Rite entered the cathedral. Archbishop Mokrzycki is currently the President of the Ukrainian Episcopal Conference of the Latin Rite.
Monsignor Sławomir Oder was born in Chelmza, Poland, on August 7, 1960. He was ordained a priest on May 14, 1989, for the Diocese of Toruń, Poland. Monsignor Oder graduated with degrees in Canon Law and Economics. He is a diocesan priest and rector of the church of St. Mary Immaculate and St. Benedict Joseph Labre on Via Taranto in Rome. In 2001 he was appointed Judicial Vicar of the Appellation Tribunal of the Vicariate of Rome; he is currently President of the Court of Appeals of the same Vicariate. After having led the cause of beatification of the Polish martyr Stefan Frelichowski, in 2005, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar of Pope Benedict XVI for the Diocese of Rome, named him postulator of the cause of beatification and canonization of Karol Wojtyła - John Paul II.
Monsignor Eduardo Chávez Sánchez was born in Mexico City on December 31, 1956. He entered Mexico’s Conciliar Seminary, where he studied Philosophy and Theology in the Institute for Ecclesiastical Studies (Instituto Superior de Estudios Eclesiásticos). He was ordained a priest on August 15, 1981, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico. He holds a diploma in Philosophy from the University del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara, and a doctorate in Church History from the Pontifical Gregorian University, with the thesis: La Iglesia en México hacia el Concilio Plenario Latinoamericano (1896-1899) (The Church in Mexico since the Latin American Plenary Council). On May 17, 2001, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico, appointed him postulator for the cause of Juan Diego. Saint Juan Diego was canonized on July 31, 2002. Msgr. Chávez Sánchez was also general secretary for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Mexico. Through his work as postulator and beyond, Msgr. Chávez Sánchez has made many contributions to the study of the Guadalupan event, addressing major academic institutions internationally and publishing more than 28 books and articles. In 2005, Msgr. Chávez Sánchez was named canon of the Council of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He was appointed as the first rector of the Lumen Gentium Catholic University of the Archdiocese of Mexico, where he has served since 2002, and in 2003 he became a founding member and rector of the Institute of Guadalupan Studies.
Fr. Ermelindo Di Capua, a Capuchin Friar, was ordained a priest in 1958. He had the blessing of living and sharing with St. Pio of Pietrelcina during his last three years of life, from 1965 to 1968, in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. Fr. Ermelindo currently resides in the Convent of Capuchin Friars in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy and part his religious duties are to respond to English language correspondence which arrives at the Shrine of St. Pio and to assist English speaking pilgrims visiting the shrine.
Mother Adela Galindo was born in Leon, Nicaragua, on November 21, 1961. From the time she was very young, the maternal hand of Mary has guided and sustained her. Her childhood was characterized by a profound Marian devotion that, with the passing of the years, has become increasingly evident. At the age of seven, she made a promise to Our Lady which she has kept her whole life: "I will never say 'no' to you." From the time she was very young, she became actively involved in the Charismatic Renewal, always seeking to walk her path guided at every moment by the Holy Spirit and the Immaculate, always bringing to her mind and heart the words of farewell that the Mother Superior of her school said to her: "Always hold highly the name of the school, Purity of Mary, and be a living reflection of the presence of Our Lady in the world." In 1990, she founded the Religious Institute of sisters “Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary” in the Archdiocese of Miami (Florida). The spiritual charism of the Institute is to be a living image and presence of the Heart of Mary in the heart of the Church and place their Marian charism at the service of the Petrine Principle. Their apostolic charism is to be ardent witnesses of the power and fecundity of Love and the Splendor of the Magisterium and Treasures of the Church, so as to form the human heart to build a new civilization of love, truth and life in the heart of the Church and in the heart of the world. They are at the service of the New Evangelization, to build a new civilization of love and life. If we had to sum up her life in two phrases, one of them would be the motto of her religious community: “All for the Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary”, and the second would be the existential reality which has marked her entire life: "To live and to form the hearts in the path and logic of love so as to choose in all things the perfection of love.” Mother Adela is a living witness and ardent apostle of the Splendor of the Faith; as such, her evangelizing mission is widespread and untiring…always impelled by the same ardor: that the Two Hearts may reign in all hearts and in the whole world, and that love may always triumph!
Dr. Marina De Cesare was born in Chieti, Italy, on August 25th, 1957. She graduated in Medicine and Surgery and specialized in Cardiology, Psychiatry and Pediatric Cardiology. For the past 30 years, she has worked as a Director in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Policlinic Hospital of Chieti. Since the beginning of her medical career, she has participated actively in the work of the Diocesan Pastoral Health Association, and also as a board member of the Italian Catholic Doctors. Her meeting with Mother Adela Galindo in the year 2000 marked a turning point in her life. The formation she has received from Mother and the many pilgrimages she has made with the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary have brought her to enter more deeply into the charism of the Family of the Pierced Hearts. Since childhood, she has cultivated a talent for painting and in the same Jubilee year had the honor for painting a large picture of the Divine Mercy which is now placed in the hospital where she works. In the Year of the Eucharist, 2005, she was one of the speakers at the I International Congress in honor of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary: “The Two Hearts have Designs of Mercy upon Us." The topic of her presentation was on the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano, entitled: “A Broken Heart”. After many years spent studying the Holy Shroud, at the request of her bishop, Archbishop Bruno Forte, she formed, together with Sister Blandina Paschalis Slömmer, the medical research commission to examine the Holy Face of Manoppello.
Patricia (Pachi) Talbot was born in Cuenca, Ecuador, on June 25, 1972. During the night of August 28, 1988, she reported having been visited by our Mother from Heaven, Holy Mary, ever Virgin: the Guardian of the Faith, who communicated to her these words: “Do not be afraid, I am your Mother from Heaven, look at me. I am Holy Mary, ever Virgin, the Guardian of the Faith. Place your hands over your chest, daughter, I have come to ask you to pray for peace in the world, because it is now that it is most needed.” On June 15, 1989, Pachi reports that the Blessed Virgin Mary chose and signaled with a ray of light from Heaven, a very special location high in the Andes Mountains called “El Cajas”, which Our Lady called "Her little piece of Heaven" where She would pour forth Her blessings upon all the pilgrims who would come there. This special place is now a Shrine of the Archdiocese of Cuenca where the Sacraments are celebrated and where many pilgrims visit. With the approval of Archbishop Vicente Cisneros Durán, then Archbishop of Cuenca, on May 1, 2000, the Association of Mother Mary, Guardian of the Faith was founded as a fruit of this experience with Our Lady.In March of 2009, at the request of the same Archbishop of Cuenca, a summary of these messages was published with the imprimatur of the Church. Pachi is dedicated to her husband, Andrés Vega, whom she married in 1991; to her family and to the mission of bringing the messages of conversion to God, devotion to the Holy Eucharist and the Sacraments and also to sharing her testimony of devotion to our Blessed Mother.
Más de 4,000 feligreses católicos se congregaron este fin de semana en Miami para el segundo Congreso Internacional en Honor a los Corazones de Jesús y María. El congreso, organizado por el convento Siervas de los Corazones Traspasados de Jesús y María, atrajo expertos religiosos, cleros, monjas y feligreses del mundo entero al centro de convenciones del hotel Doubletree Miami Mart Airport. “Aquí se ha aprendido mucho”, dijo Ileana Oropesa, una de las asistentes. “Dios nos habla de distintas formas y nos mandó un mensaje a través de los distintos oradores. Creo que para cada persona había alguien con un mensaje que les podía tocar”. La conferencia, que empezó con una misa celebrada por el arzobispo Thomas Wenski la tarde del viernes y terminó con otra misa el domingo por la tarde, intentaba reconectar a las personas con su fe. Líderes y expertos religiosos internacionales hablaron en detalle sobre temas tan diversos como el beato Juan Pablo II, la Virgen de Guadalupe como la estrella de la nueva evangelización y un estudio científico de la relación entre el Manto de Turín, el Rostro Santo de Manoppello y el velo con la imagen Virgen de Guadalupe.
La Dra. Marina de Cesare, quien dio este último discurso sobre el estudio científico sobre estos tres íconos, explicó cómo el Manto de Turín y el Rostro Santo de Manoppello llevan imágenes parecidas de la cara de un hombre brutalmente golpeado. De Cesare, de Italia, dijo que las medidas entre ciertos puntos en los rostros son iguales, y opinó que las telas cubrieron al cuerpo de Jesucristo antes de la Resurrección. “Se trata de la misma persona”, dijo De Cesare. “Estaban juntas sobre el rostro de Jesús en su tumba”. Para muchos en la audiencia, era la primera vez que habían escuchado sobre estos íconos religiosos. Tras la última presentación el domingo, Miguel Herrera se detuvo en el pasillo para contemplar lo que había escuchado. “Realmente, no sabía nada de los mantos”, dijo Herrera, quien vive en Orlando pero asistió la conferencia con su familia y una amiga que visitaban en Miramar. “Me impactó mucho”. En particular, continuó Herrera, lo que más lo conmovió fue una presentación el sábado sobre la Virgen de Guadalupe. “En un momento sentí como que la Virgen estaba hablando”, comentó. “Fue una experiencia que me hizo poner de rodillas allí miso, algo que jamás había sentido. Estamos realmente en la presencia del Señor”.
Las Siervas de los Corazones Traspasados de Jesús y María organizaron la conferencia en reacción al “Año del a Fe” declarado por el Papa Benedicto XVI que empezó el pasado jueves. Durante el “Año de la Fe”, líderes católicos quieren reanimar y inspirar una pasión por la fe entre sus feligreses. Varios artefactos religiosos de alta importancia en la Iglesia Católica estaban expuestos a los asistentes de la conferencia. Entre ellos, una imagen de Nuestra Señora de Fátima y las reliquias de Santa Margarita María. Filas de feligreses se acercaban a la imagen y las reliquias durante momentos de descanso en la conferencia para rezar y tomar fotos mientras las monjas cantaban en alegría. “Todo esto me llena de una paz, amor y confianza en Dios”, dijo Oropesa. “Nos ayuda tanto”.
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