Servants of God: Giacomo Viale & Andrés Filomeno Garcia Acosta

On 8 July 2016, the Holy Father Pope Francis met His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in private audience. During the course of the audience the Pope authorized the Congregation to promulgate decrees regarding:

the heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Giacomo Viale, a professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor, born in Airole, (Italy), on February 28th, 1830, and died in Bordighera on April 16th, 1912;

and the heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Andrés Filomeno Garcia Acosta, a professed laybrother of the Order of Friars Minor, born in Ampuyenta on the island of Fuerteventura (Canary Islands), on January 10th, 1800, and died in Santiago de Chile on January 14th, 1853.

The Venerable Giacomo Viale (Airole – Bordighera 1830 -1912) was a Friar Minor of the Liguria Province, who lived his Religious vocation heroically, while ministering for more than 40 years as Pastor. He was the embodiment of the Good Shepherd, totally dedicated to the good of his flock in the parish of St. Mary Magdalene in Bordighera. He was known for his spirit of profound prayer, for his pastoral charity, and for defending the rights of the Church and of the poor. He encouraged lay Catholic associations, and had an extraordinary commitment to the ministry of the word, bringing countless people to conversion. He restored the parish church, built the new friary of the Immaculate in Bordighera, and established the St. Joseph Hospice for poor and abandoned elderly people. In the final years of his life he patiently suffered various illnesses and died in Bordighera on April 16th, 1912. The process for his Beatification was initiated in 1937.

Giacomo Viale

Br. Andrés Filomeno Garcia Acosta, nicknamed “Andresito”, was born on the island of Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) in 1800. Because of the poverty of his homeland, he emigrated to Uruguay at the age of 32, and it was there that he felt a vocation to give himself to the Lord. In 1834, in the friary of San Bernardino of Montevideo, Andresito was welcomed into the Order of Friars Minor as a simple oblate. In 1838, following the closure of Religious Houses as part of the enactment of revolutionary laws against the Church in Uruguay, he moved to Chile along with other Religious. It was at the Recollect Franciscan Friary in Santiago that Andresito was sanctified through his humble service of questing (going about begging on behalf of the friars). He performed this task with exquisite charity, which resulted in his having a genuine and widespread evangelizing impact. Supported by an intense life of prayer, he joyfully practiced works of mercy, bringing comfort wherever there was spiritual or material suffering. Loved by the people, and with an extraordinary reputation for holiness, he died in Santiago on January 14th, 1853. The cause for his Beatification was initiated in 1894.