November 10th, the feast of Pope Saint Leo the Great is the onomastico of my dear confrère and friend Fra Leone Maria. Fra Giuseppe Benedetto and I affectionately call him “The Lion.” Fra Leone is one of the three founding fathers of our monastery of Santa Cruz in Guadalajara, Mexico.
At Santa Croce in Rome Fra Leone was charged for several years with building the presepio in the narthex of the basilica. Now, in Guadalajara, he is in charge of coordinating the construction of the new monastery. Not quite the same dimensions! Fra Leone shares my passion for Gregorian Chant. He plays the zither and enjoys listening to music too, especially Mexican Baroque. Pray for him!