13 Nov Servant of God Gregorio Fioravanti OFM
Promulgation of the Decree of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints
November 8, 2017, the Holy Father Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During this Audience, the Supreme Pontiff has authorized this Congregation to promulgate the Decree regarding:
The Heroic Virtues of the Servant of God Gregorio Fioravanti (Lodovico), professed Priest of the Order of Friars Minor, founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart; born in Grotte di Castro (Italy) on April 24, 1822 and died in Gemona (Italy) on January 23, 1894.
SERVANT OF GOD GREGORIO FIORAVANTI, OFM
Founder of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart
He was born in Grotte di Castro (Viterbo) in 1822. Later he became a Franciscan presbyter of the Order of Friars Minor. He worked as a teacher in Rome and Venice. He was elected Provincial Minister of the Lombard Province – Veneta in 1856. From 1859, he collaborated in the foundation of the Congregation of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Gemona del Friuli (Udine). He supported materially and spiritually this Congregation. He provided it an extraordinary missionary impulse after the unexpected departure of the foundress. A humble and prudent man, he accompanied and served the brothers and his spiritual daughters with great dedication and spirit of sacrifice. This time was a difficult period for the religious Congregations in the second half of the 18th century in Italy. He died in Gemona in 1894. The cause of beatification began in 1990.