Please keep in your prayers our seminarians. They are our future.

Calasanz Movement (Ministry for Youth)

Newsletter 18 – Winter 2020 – English

Newsletter 18 – Winter 2020 – Spanish

Father Pedro Rivas, Sch.P. Becomes a Priest

Father Manuel Sanchez, Sch.P. Becomes a Priest

Father Moisés Navascués Leoz, Sch.P. (1930-2019)

Memorandum to Cardinal Michael Angelo Tonti by Saint Joseph Calasanz (1621)

Saint Joseph Calasanz opened his first school at Saint Dorothy’s Church in the Trans Tiber (Trastevere) section of Rome in 1597.  Little by little, Calasanz came to realize that education for the poor could be better offered if members of a religious congregation participated in the ministry.  Therefore, at the request of Calasanz, Pope Paul V officially approved the establishment of a new religious congregation with simple vows in a document titled Ad ea per quae on March 6, 1617. 

During the next few years, Calasanz became convinced of the need to establish a religious order with solemn vows.  Unfortunately, at the time, Church law did not allow for the creation of any new religious orders.  Therefore, Calasanz wrote a letter to Cardinal Michael Angelo Tonti in 1621.  He asked for an exception to the law.  The document, commonly titled a Memorandum to Cardinal Tonti, is probably the most import letter ever written by Calasanz.  In it, he described his ideas of the need for a Catholic Christian education for everyone and of the need for a new religious order.  Pope Gregory XV officially approved the establishment of a new religious order with solemn vows in a document titled In Supremo Apostolatus on November 18, 1621.   

Collection of the Letters of St. Joseph Calasanz, Sch.P. (Spanish)

Collection of the Letters of St. Pompilio Pirrotti, Sch.P. (Italian and Spanish)

http://scripta.scolopi.net/pompilio/

Who and Where Are Our Seminarians? (2019-2020)