The Priest of the Holy Face of Jesus
Gaetano Catanoso was born on 14 February 1879 in Chorio di San Lorenzo, Reggio Calabria, Italy. His parents, wealthy landowners, were exemplary Christians. Gaetano was ordained a priest in 1902, and from 1904 to 1921 he served in the rural parish of Pentidattilo.
The Holy Face of Jesus illumined Father Catanoso’s life. He venerated the Holy Face as depicted in the image of Veronica’s Veil diffused by the Carmel of Tours in France. He began “The Holy Face” Bulletin and established a local chapter of the “Archconfraternity of the Holy Face” in 1920. “The Holy Face,” he wrote, “is my life.” Saint Gaetano directed anyone seeking the Face of Christ to the Most Holy Eucharist, saying, “If we wish to adore the real Face of Jesus, we can find it in the divine Eucharist where, with the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the Face of our Lord is hidden under the white veil of the Host.”
A Parish Priest
On 2 February 1921, Father Catanoso was transferred to the large parish of Santa Maria de la Candelaria.