March 17, 2018

The Search for our Ancestry (XLVI)

A Case Study
By Angelo Coniglio

Sometimes discussing specific cases can help understand the general techniques for researching Sicilian and Italian genealogical records. Below is a request from a reader, and my response. Although it deals with specific surnames, and towns in three different provinces, my responses apply to any search for ancestors. Simply replace the names of the persons and towns below with those of your forebears and their villages, and search the venues indicated for images of original records, where possible. Though many individuals now may be searched for on-line by entering only their names, not every name has been indexed, and often those that have, have been misspelled.
Reader: I’m looking for the Augello and Naso families from Sicily. I have traced back a little but then I am stuck. I am having difficulty finding anything under those surnames before the mid-1800s that seem to be related and I am thinking either there were no records or I don't know the correct spelling. I have Calogero Augello, born 1874, married to Concetta Frattallone, born 1881. For the Naso side I have Stefano Naso, born 1894, marrying a cousin Emily Carmela Naso, born in 1898. I know much of the Naso family was from Palermo. Do you have any suggestions? 

Note: after my correspondence with the reader, she revealed that the Augello’s and Frattalone’s were from Sommatino and Canicatti, and that the Naso’s were from Marineo. My response follows.
Images of original civil records of birth, marriage and death for Sommatino (in Caltanissetta Province) are available on microfilm for the years 1820 through 1910. They are available on line for the years 1866 - 1910 on three venues: they are free on the Mormon site and the Italian Archives site at; and they can also be viewed on the paid genealogy site, In addition, records for 1820 – 1865 are viewable on line at Mormon FamiilySearch Centers (FSCs) or participating public libraries.

From, the 1874 birth record of Calogero Augello shows his parents' names as Ignazio Augello, age 34, son of the late Sebastiano, and Crocifissa Sciascia, age 22, daughter of the late Calogero. A margin note on the first page states that Calogero Augello married Concetta Frattalone on 21 September 1902 in Sommatino. At one of the on-line venues noted above you should be able to find their marriage record, which would give their parents' names and whether they were still living in 1902. If deceased, look for the parents’ death records, which will give their ages and their parents' names.

Concetta Frattalone's birth record will also be on line. It will give the age of her father, and you should be able to guess whether he was married after 1865 (men usually married at about age 24). If so, his marriage record will be on line. Once you work back to ancestors with records prior to 1866, you'll have to view them at a Mormon FamilySearch Center. To find a center near you, go to (Aside: the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's paternal ancestors were from Sommatino.)

Civil records are also available for Canicatti (in Agrigento Province) for the years 1866 - 1910 on; they are also on the Italian Archives site, and are available for all the years 1820 - 1910 on family Again, for records prior to 1866, you must use a FamilySearch Center computer at an FSC. You cited some information you gleaned from transcribed records at, but wherever possible, you should forego the transcribed records and find the actual images of the original 'atti' (records) of births ('nascite'), marriages ('matrimoni') and deaths ('morti'). These records are in the Italian language, but they give much more detail than the transcribed summaries, which also often contain errors by the transcribers. To help in reading and interpreting the original records, I suggest a book like 'Discovering Your Italian Ancestors' by Lynn Nelson, and viewing of on-line tutorials like the one on at

You originally said the Naso family was 'from Palermo'. Immigrants often gave the name of the province that they were from, and in Sicily and much of the mainland, each province has a capital city with the same name as the province, leading to confusion. When searching for records or seeking assistance in doing so, it's important to make the distinction. Since it turns out that the Naso family was from the town of Marineo, in Palermo Province, you can search for records from that town. Marineo, as well, has on-line civil records for 1820 through 1901.
Coniglio is the author of the book The Lady of the Wheel, inspired by his Sicilian research. Order the paperback or the Kindle version at Coniglio’s web page at has helpul hints on genealogic research. If you have genealogy questions, or would like him to lecture to your club or group, e-mail him at

Good Friday Stations of the Cross at the San Silverio Shrine in Dover Plains, New York

March 16, 2018

Tuesday Stations and Lenten Repast with the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George

Fourth Station: Jesus meets His Mother
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
By Cav. John Napoli
Each Tuesday, the Knights of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George meet at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood in New York City’s historic Little Italy to pray the Rosary and meditate on the Stations of the Cross. When time permits, we also light some candles and pray for saintly intercessions on behalf of the sick, our ancestors, and the Royal Family.
(L-R) San Gennaro, Madonna del Carmine and San Rocco di Potenza
On this 4th Tuesday of Lent, our Delegate HE Cav. John M. Viola, vice-chancellor Cav. Patrick O’Boyle and our confratello Count Justin Morin-Carpentier, who is visiting from Paris, France, joined Cavalieri Anthony O'Boyle, Charles Sant'Elia, Vincent Gangone and myself for our weekly prayer session. We showed our esteemed guest around, giving him a brief history of the church and pointing out some of the many interesting artifacts on view (e.g. the statue and relic of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco). We closed our prayer session with the Daily Prayer of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George.
We restocked the flyers for our upcoming Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass for the Madonna Addolorata at Most Precious Blood on Friday, March 23rd
Afterward, we broke fast at Acqua Restaurant (21 Peck Slip), our favorite haunt in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport. As always, we were warmly welcomed by our dear friend Chef Giuseppe Marrone and his crack wait staff, who presented us with another spectacular Neapolitan seafood and pasta dinner.
Insalata di mare
After grace, our meal kicked-off with Chef Marrone’s insalata di mare. Fresh and tasty, the dish was brimming with calamari, polpo and gamberetti
Polpo alla griglia
The seafood salad was followed with some polpo alla griglia, perfectly cooked grilled octopus over chickpea puree, cherry tomatoes and arugula with lemon dressing.
Linguine al sugo di calamari
Ravioli al pomodoro
Gnocchi al pomodoro
While my brethren enjoyed a variety of delicious pasta dishes, I polished off a stewpot of cozze alla marinara with Prince Edward Island mussels cooked in a cherry tomato and white wine sauce.
Cozze alla marinara
A celebration of faith and culture, our jovial and edifying evening came to a close with some limoncello, amaro and a final toast to the memory of our King.
Amaro is my go-to digestivo
Truly a blessing to be in such wonderful company, I cherish these moments of prayer and fellowship with my brethren. We wish the Count a safe and pleasant journey home, and hope to see him again soon. I look forward to seeing my confratelli on Tuesday for our prayer session and the monthly Malta Walk.
Daily Prayer of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
Almighty and Merciful Father, King of kings and Lord of lords, in Your immeasurable goodness You have called me into the ranks of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, Your Knight and Martyr. May I never cease to emulate our heavenly patron and with alacrity follow in the footsteps of Your Only-begotten Son, Who is our Alpha and Omega, our Beginning and End.
Impress, O Lord, upon my heart the Sign of Your Holy Cross, and grant that I may bear it honorably and dutifully, in total fealty to You and to the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church, and to the Vicar of your Son. Bless our Grand Master, His Family and Household, and all our Knights and Dames. Imbue me, moreover, with the particular grace of preserving in diligent charity toward my neighbor, and especially to the sick, the needy, and the abandoned.
All this, Heavenly Father, I beg by the power of the Most Holy Cross upon which throne He Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life did reign, and to Whom with You in the life-giving Holy Spirit be ascribed all honor, glory and power, sovereignty and blessing both now and forevermore. Amen.
Most Holy Mother, Virgin most compassionate, who did stand at the Foot of the Cross, pray for us that we may be made worthy of the fruits of Your Son’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Saint George, Knight and Martyr, may your sacred witness strengthen and inspire us to be generous in the service of the Most Holy Cross, in whose Sign alone can we conquer.

Malta Walks NYC (March 2018)

This Tuesday, March 20th at 7:30 PM join the Order of Malta Auxiliary for their monthly “Malta Walk” street ministry. Volunteers meet every third Tuesday of the month at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral parish house at 263 Mulberry Street in lower Manhattan to prepare and distribute food to the homeless.

Anyone interested in supporting this noble endeavor can contact the Order of Malta Auxiliary at or call 917-566-3937. For additional information, the Order can be found on Facebook at

Also see:
Order of Malta Lenten Supply Drive a Success

• NYC Auxiliary Malta Walk, February 2018
• A Week in Review
• NYC's Auxiliary Malta Walk, December 2017
• Auxiliary Malta Walk in NYC, October 2017
• Auxiliary Malta Walks in NYC, July 2017
• Supporting the “Malta Walks” Street Ministry

Lenten Evening of Recollection at St. Michael's Church in New York City

March 15, 2018

Feast of San Longino Martire

Evviva San Longino!
March 15th is the Feast Day of San Longino (St. Longinus), the Holy Martyr. According to tradition, St. Longinus was a Roman centurion from Lanciano, Abruzzo, present at the Crucifixion of Jesus on Mount Golgotha in Judea. In order to confirm Christ's death, Longinus pierced the side of Our Lord with his spear. Visually impaired from a wound he sustained in battle, Longinus miraculously had his eyesight restored when the blood and water of Christ spattered him in the face. Exclaiming "Truly, this was the son of God!" he converted and retired from the army. Taking instruction in the faith from the Apostles, Longinus became a monk and preached in Cappadocia. Arrested for profaning the gods, Longinus was brutally tortured and beheaded. Over the centuries, his lance, known as the Spear of Destiny, has been sought after by many conquerors as a weapon of great power. It is said, whoever possesses the sacred relic would be invincible in battle. 

To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to St. Longinus. The accompanying photo of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's magnificent marble sculpture was taken during my 2007 pilgrimage to the shrine of San Longino inside St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
Prayer to St. Longinus
O St. Longinus, you crucified Our Lord out of unquestioning loyalty to a pagan empire. Yet, the blood of Christ opened your eyes to see the truth. You, who trembled in fear at the foot of the cross, and declared that “Truly, this was the Son of God,” pray with us now for that Sacred Heart you pierced. Pray with us now for the Body of Christ crucified today throughout the world. Implore Our Lord with us to touch the hearts of the persecutors, who act in perverse zeal and religious error to let the blood of these blessed martyrs open their eyes, just as Christ’s precious blood opened yours. May Our Lord lead them from these depraved acts toward a path of righteousness and deliver them from evil for the rest of their days. Amen.

Traditional Latin Mass During the Octave of Easter at St. Stephen's RC Church in Kearny, New Jersey

March 14, 2018

Naples ’44 Coming to DVD

Forthcoming DVD that may be interest to our readers.

Naples ’44 directed by Francesco Patierno

DVD: $16.49
Studio: First Run Features
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of Disc: 1
Format: B/W, color, widescreen, NTSC

Language: English
Run Time: 85 Minutes
Rated: NR

Available at

Announcing the 2018 Feast Of San Francesco di Paola in Oreland, Pennsylvania

Sunday, April 22 @ 12 PM

Holy Martyrs Parish Community
120 Allison Rd
Oreland, Pennsylvania 19075

Mass, Procession and more

Celebrant: from Italy Father Francesco Bramuglia

Co-Celebrant: Rev. Jason V. Kulczynski

We Greatly Appreciate Volunteers and Donations

For information call President Fred Marino at 215-572-8479 
or find San Francesco Di Paola Oreland on Facebook

March 13, 2018

A Look at the Santa Croce Camerina Society’s 102nd Annual Tavola di San Giuseppe in Paterson, New Jersey

Evviva San Giuseppe!
Photos courtesy of Raymond Guarini
Thank you Raymond Guarini from Italian Enclaves for sharing your wonderful pictures of the Santa Croce Camerina Society’s 102nd Annual Tavola di San Giuseppe, celebrated on Laetare Sunday at St. Gerard Church (437 West Broadway) in Paterson, New Jersey. It looked like a terrific day, Evviva San Giuseppe!
We encourage our readers to visit Italian Enclaves, a photo catalogue of Italian enclaves in the 21st Century, their sister site Organic Roots, and especially their Twitter and Facebook pages, which are updated daily with information about Italian American history, folklore, and religious and cultural traditions.
(Above & below) Glorious San Giuseppe during Holy Mass and the procession 
(Above & below) After Mass, the statue is carried out of the church 
(Above & below) Procession through the streets of Paterson
After the procession, participants retire to the church hall for some fellowship, a silent auction, and the famous Tavola di San Giuseppe
(Above & below) The Santa Croce Camerina Society's Tavola di San Giuseppe
Also see:
A Look at the 2016 Festa di San Giuseppe in Paterson, New Jersey

Sicilian Folk and Roots Music with Terra Sangue Mare at Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn, NY

Photo courtesy of Michela Musolino
Friday, March 23rd @ 8PM

Kings County Distillery
299 Sands Street
Brooklyn, NY 11205

For more info visit

Festive Mass of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

March 12, 2018

Feast of San Gregorio Magno

Evviva San Gregorio!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
March 12th is the traditional Feast Day of San Gregorio Magno (St. Gregory The Great), Pope and Doctor of the Church. Patron of teachers, poets and musicians, he is the principal protector of San Gregorio Magno (SA), San Gregorio Matese (CE), Crispano (NA), San Gregorio di Catania (CT), Vizzini (CT), Manduria (TA), Casacanditella (CH), and San Gregorio d’Ippona (VV), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to St. Gregory The Great. The accompanying photo was taken at Saint Michael's Church in New Haven, Connecticut.

Prayer to St. Gregory The Great

O invincible defender of Holy Church's freedom, Saint Gregory of great renown, by that firmness thou didst show in maintaining the Church's rights against all her enemies, stretch forth from heaven thy mighty arm, we beseech thee, to comfort her and defend her in the fearful battle she must ever wage with the powers of darkness. Do thou, in an especial manner, give strength in this dread conflict to the venerable Pontiff who has fallen heir not only to thy throne, but likewise to the fearlessness of thy mighty heart; obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors crowned by the triumph of the Church and the return of the lost sheep into the right path. Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is to strive against that faith which has always conquered and is destined always to conquer: "this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith." This is the prayer that we raise to thee with one accord; and we are confident, that, after thou has heard our prayers on earth, thou wilt one day call us to stand with thee in heaven, before the eternal High Priest, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.

Photo of the Week: Museo di Capodimonte, Napoli

Napoli's Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte is a former Bourbon Palace and Italy's largest museum. Photo by New York Scugnizzo

March 11, 2018

Way of the Cross and Weekly Rosary to Santa Rita with the Figli Maria SS. Addolorata in Brooklyn, NY

Evviva Santa Rita!
Week Five of Fifteen  
That bloodied thorn that pierced your forehead and for you a celestial source of comfort in sorrow – V Mystery of the Rosary of St. Rita
Leading up to the Feast of Santa Rita on May 22nd, members of the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata hold a weekly prayer session in honor of the patroness of desperate causes. Coming together every Friday at 8pm in the basement of the Nazareth Center, on the corner of 62nd Street and Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, devotees pray in Italian the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary to St. Rita, the Litany of St. Rita, and several other prayers and hymns.
Prayers are also offered for the sick and the happy repose of the souls of our ancestors.
After the service, participants retire to the refectory for some fellowship, coffee, homemade cookies and entertaining games of tombola and scopa. Anyone interested in participating with the Figli Maria SS. Addolorata should call Lucrezia at 917-509-2803 or find them on Facebook at Figli Maria S.S. Addolorata.
Save the Date:
The society will be organizing a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, May 20th (Details TBA). There will be a Feast Day Mass and small procession on Tuesday, May 22nd, at 7:30pm at St. Athanasius Church (2154 61st St.) in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Also see:
Weekly Rosary and Stations of the Cross with the Figli Maria SS. Addolorata in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Chanel’s Neapolis: New City Spring-Summer 2018 Collection Inspired by Naples

Lucia Pica, Chanel’s first ever global creative makeup and color director, presents Neapolis: New City, a new line of makeup inspired by her native Naples.

March 10, 2018

Argenio Napoli Returns to New York City in April

From April 24th thru 29th, acclaimed fashion designer Salvator Argenio will be presenting his outstanding collection of Neapolitan haute couture at Hotel AKA (123 W 44th St.) in Times Square, NYC. To make an appointment contact the maestro at or visit Argenio Napoli on Facebook.

Also see:
Compra Sud — Argenio Napoli
Argenio Napoli Presents Their New Line at ACQUA Restaurant

Sicilian Folk and Roots Music with Terra, Sangue, Mare at UMass Dartmouth

March 9, 2018

A Look at “The Pope’s Legion: The Multinational Fighting Force that Defended the Vatican” by Charles A. Coulombe

By Giovanni di Napoli
The sounding of war’s bugles
Impels us to swear loyalty               to the greatest of Kings,
Ignites the soldier’s thought,
Reignites the soldier’s heart.
And raises from deep in the             breast
The song of faith and honor.
— From Inno della Truppa Pontificia di Pius IX—“Evviva Pio” (1867)*
I recently purchased a few books that I’ve been meaning to read and among them was noted Catholic historian Charles A. Coulombe’s The Pope’s Legion: The Multinational Fighting Force that Defended the Vatican. Published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008, the 260-page book offers readers a sagacious overview of the violence and machinations of the Risorgimento and the men who came to the Holy See’s defense. 
In short, the Pope’s Legion were the Pontifical Zouaves, an elite fighting force made up of Roman Catholic volunteers sworn to defend Blessed Pope Pius IX and the Papal States from the conspiring and belligerent agents of Italian unification (Cavour, Mazzini, Garibaldi, et al.). With great care and sympathy, Mr. Coulombe masterly tells their story, from their founding in French Algeria, to their emotional dissolution in France, and later revival under Prince Alfonso Carlos of Bourbon during the Third Carlist War (1872-1876) in Spain.
While the book primarily deals with the Italian (i.e. Piedmontese) subjugation of the Papal States, it also provides us with a better picture of what correspondingly took place in southern Italy during unification. For example, after the capitulation of the Eternal City, Mr. Coulombe recounts how “the new authorities—ever mindful of propaganda [were] already preparing for one of their customary rigged plebiscites,” (p.171) calling to mind the sham referendums already carried out in 1860 by Garibaldi in Naples and Palermo to ratify the earlier conquest.
Bereft of the usual romantic and fanciful agitprop relating to Garibaldi and company, The Pope's Legion is a welcome candid account of the Risorgimento, where the likes of Victor Emmanuel II and the revolutionary Garibaldini are starkly juxtaposed with Pius IX and his knightly Zouaves.
Although the Holy See was only too aware that Sardinian ships, money, men, and arms were at the moment assisting Garibaldi in conquering Naples, the Pope was less than reassured. Indeed, in May, when Garibaldi began his attack on Naples, he had sent a trusted lieutenant, Zambianchi (known as the “priest slaughterer” for his ordering the massacre of clergy at San Callisto during the 1848 Roman Republic) to start the revolution in the Papal States. (p.65-66)
More than just fighters, the Zouaves also performed humanitarian relief; as in August 1867 when a virulent cholera outbreak struck the beautiful Roman lakeside town of Albano.
Pius IX ordered in the 6th Company of the 2nd Battalion of the Zouaves. Upon their arrival, the Pope’s soldiers immediately began their work. Some were assigned to dig graves in the cemetery, where, the first night, ninety corpses were brought to them. The remaining spent their time finding and nursing the sick—feeding them, caring for them, and seeing that the dying received the sacraments. (p.120)
It should be noted, as the Mayor and city council cravenly fled Albano and the “bodies piled up in the streets or rotted in houses,” the exiled royal family of Naples and archbishop Cardinal Altieri selflessly “took their places beside the Sisters of Charity.” (p.119-120)
In the stifling heat, with the odor of death and excrement all round, it must have seemed like a chamber of hell. Cardinal Altieri, the Queen Mother of Naples, and her youngest son, Don Gennaro, caught the disease and died, as did two Dutch Zouaves. One of these, Henri Peters, spent his final hours clutching and kissing a crucifix, his last words being "I know Heaven is before me when all this is past.” (p.120)
Also included is an informative appendices, complete with songs, sites and transcript of Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro-Carambula’s sermon delivered at the memorial Mass for the Pope’s Soldiers on September 20, 2017 at the Church of Corpus Domini in Rome.
From the Neobourbon perspective, one cannot help but be inspired by the Zouaves loyalty and heroism. Counted among the great counter-revolutionaries of yore, these courageous warriors join the immortal ranks of Cardinal Ruffo’s Sanfedisti, the Royalist of the Vendée, the Carlists of Spain, and others. For us, they embody the heroic spirit of the Catholic crusader and deserve to be remembered and honored like our ancestors who bravely fought for King and country on the banks of the Volturno and at Gaeta; who stubbornly held out against all odds at Civitella del Toronto in Abruzzo; and who took to the hills and refused to surrender, even after the Royal Family were deposed and their homeland annexed by Piedmont. 
Insightful, well-researched and entertaining, I highly recommend The Pope’s Legion. 
A prolific writer and speaker, Mr. Coulombe also co-hosts (with Vincent Frankini of Tumblar House) a highly entertaining weekly question and answer show called Off the Menu, which explores a myriad of topics from a traditional Catholic and Monarchist point of view.
* The Pope’s Legion: The Multinational Fighting Force that Defended the Vatican, Charles A. Coulombe, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, p.221
Also see:
Around the Web: Excerpt from Off the Menu Episode 57 — "Italian Unification: Good or Bad?"

HRH Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies Honored at the New York Stock Exchange

The NYSE welcomes UN Women for Peace Association to celebrate International Women's Day. Photo courtesy of Principessa Camilla di Borbone delle Due Sicilie

Order of Malta Lenten Supply Drive a Success

Volunteers busy preparing care packages
Despite the freezing temperature and threat of snow, a dozen volunteers showed up for Tuesday’s Lenten Supply Drive for the Order of Malta’s monthly Bowery Walk at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral parish house (263 Mulberry Street) in Nolita, New York, ready to work and bearing much-needed donations. Normally meeting every third Tuesday of the month, in the charitable spirit of Lent, the group got together an extra day to help replenish their dwindling stores and distribute care packages to the homeless before the forecasted storm.
Though temporarily restocked, supplies do go fast; so any additional aid that can be given will be greatly appreciated. Your contributions enable the Order to help more people in need.
After saying the Daily Prayer to the Order of Malta
volunteers took a group photo before hitting the pavement
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Anyone interested in supporting this noble endeavor can contact the Order of Malta Auxiliary at or call 917-566-3937. For additional information, the Order can be found on Facebook at
Also see:
NYC Auxiliary Malta Walk, February 2018
A Week in Review
NYC's Auxiliary Malta Walk, December 2017
Auxiliary Malta Walk in NYC, October 2017
Auxiliary Malta Walks in NYC, July 2017
Supporting the “Malta Walks” Street Ministry

Monthly Rosary and Brunch with the Society of Our Lady of Sacro Monte in West Orange, New Jersey

March 8, 2018

Happy Women’s Day!

Nonna Pauline
March 8th is La Festa della Donna (Women’s Day), a time to recognize and celebrate the invaluable contributions women have made to our community. In southern Italy, bouquets of bright yellow mimosa (and sometimes chocolates) are given to women as a sign of love and respect. To commemorate the occasion, I’m posting “Lace,” a poem by Maria Terrone.* The accompanying photo of my paternal grandmother is part of the familial shrine I set up every year in honor of my beloved foremothers.


In small Mediterranean towns
women, stooped, and girls
with rag-soft bodies
are making lace intricate as brain circuitry.

See how the light spins through,
imprinting the wall—
not with a maze, but a map
to trace your way home

to women yet unborn who’ll find
the lace at the bottom of a cedar chest,
and marvel.

When the world is like a skein
unravelling, look again to the lace: see
how absence forms its pattern,
and purpose fills even the smallest space.

* Reprinted from Eye to Eye: Poems by Maria Terrone, Bordighera Press, 2014, p. 104

Also see:
• My Personal Heroes

Announcing the 2018 Feast of St. Joseph in Dover Plains, New York

March 7, 2018

Feast of San Tommaso D'Aquino

Viva San Tommaso!
March 7th is the traditional Feast Day of San Tommaso D'Aquino (St. Thomas Aquinas), Doctor of the Church. Considered one of the Church's greatest theologians, he is the patron saint of students, academics, scholars and philosophers. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Aquino (FR), Belcastro (CZ), San Mango d'Aquino (CZ), Falerna (CZ) and Grottaminarda (AV), among others. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Thomas Aquinas. The accompanying photo was taken at Saint Mary's RC Church (10-08 49th Avenue) in Long Island City, New York.
Prayer to St. Thomas Aquinas
Father of wisdom, You inspired Saint Thomas Aquinas with an ardent desire for holiness and study of sacred doctrine. Help us, we pray, to understand what he taught and to imitate what he lived. Amen