On June 18, after the forced break – due to a pandemic – last year, the priests of Manfredonia – Vieste – San Giovanni Rotondo went up again to Monte dell’Arcangelo to celebrate the Day for the Sanctification of Priests.
For the diocesan clergy this is a truly important and deeply felt event: it is an opportunity for encounter and fraternity; it is a moment of reflection and sharing of ideas; it is community liturgy.
In the Eucharistic concelebration officiated in the Sacred Grotto, Msgr. Franco Moscone, made him, and destined for his brothers, the desire of St. Paul who, in the letter to the Ephesians, wrote: “Christ dwells for faith in your hearts” and makes you “rooted and founded in charity”.
If, previously, he had spoken of the five “P’s” (prayer, Word, forgiveness, bread, neighbor) and of the three dimensions (chastity or celibacy, poverty and obedience) as founding elements for the priestly life, on this occasion the Archbishop he indicated three verbs which, if correctly conjugated, will give meaning, value and perspective to the call and vocation of each minister and consecrated person: to remember, to thank, to rise again.