Praying One Abbot for the Healing of Another

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Dom Pietro Vitorelli, Abbot of Monte Cassino

Last June I learned of the serious illness of the young and gifted Abbot of Monte Cassino, 51 year old Dom Pietro Vitorelli. Nothing could be more fitting, it seems to me, than to seek the intercession of another Benedictine Abbot, Blessed Columba Marmion, to obtain Abbot Pietro's complete restoration to health. The liturgical feast of Blessed Abbot Marmion is October 3rd. Beginning today, please join with me in making this novena. If you leave a comment indicating that you too are praying for Abbot Pietro, I will be sure to let him know that prayers are rising heavenward from all over the globe on his behalf.

Feel free to post this novena on your own blogs and sites and to diffuse it widely among Catholics the world over, who treasure the spiritual patrimony of Monte Cassino and desire to see its Father Abbot strong and healthy again.

Novena to Blessed Abbot Columba Marmion, O.S.B.

O Holy Spirit, Love of the Father and the Son,
establish Thyself as a furnace of love in the centre of our hearts
and bear constantly upwards, like eager flames,
our thoughts, our affections, and our actions
even to the bosom of the Father.

V. Pray for us, Blessed Columba Marmion.
R. That our lives may be hid with Christ in God.

Let us pray.

O God, Almighty Father,
who, having called the blessed abbot Columba
to the priesthood and to the monastic way of life,
wonderfully opened to him the secrets of the mysteries of Christ,
grant, in Thy goodness,
that, strengthened by his teachings
in the spirit of our adoption as Thy sons,
we may pray to Thee with a boundless confidence,
and so obtain, through his intercession,
the full restoration to health of Dom Pietro Vittorelli,
Abbot of Monte Cassino.
We ask this grace for the joy of Thy Church,
for the consolation of the community of Monte Cassino,
and for the praise of Thy glory,
through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.
R. Amen.


Our family will pray, Father.

Hello Father Mark, thank you for this opportunity- I'll be very pleased to pray for the health of Dom Vitorelli... I was wondering if maybe you could give us some back ground on Monte Cassino - I believe there is a very strong connection between that place and Saint Pio of Pientrelcina (Padre Pio) I resently purchased for my Amazon Kindle The Mysteries of the Rosary by Bl Columba Marmion - it has some beautiful thoughts, maybe you know it... On September 13 you gave us some lovely thoughts on Apologia pro vita mea but unfortunately I can't find it any more, any chance of putting it back up? Praying for you all... Best wishes Norman

Our family of five will pray the novena to Blessed Abbot Columba Marmion,O.S.B and also include Dom Pietro Vitorelli in our intentions as we pray the Holy Spirit Novena.

I will pray the novena from California.

We are praying as well, Father!

Prayers ascending.

Yes, Father, I will lift Dom Pietro Vitorelli before The Holy Face of Our Lord, through the intercession of Bl. Marmion. God willing, October 15th, I will be in Manoppello, and will continue to beg Our Lord for his healing there.

Dear Father Mark, may I ask your reader "patriciaenk" that when he's at Manoppello to ask for a special intention of mine, as well as to ask for the needs of all those who follow this wonderful blog, and for the fledging community of Silverstream Priory... With best wishes, Norman

Dear Dom Mark in Christ
It is a privilege to join with you to pray to Bl Columba Marmion for this special priest, Dom Vitorelli.
Thank you for introducing me to Bl Columba. Your presence in Ireland is an immeasurable grace for our country. May God bless you and all in Silverstream Priory.


Yes, Norman, I would be very happy to pray for all the intentions of the readers of this blog, Fr. Mark and all the community of Silverstream Priory at the Manoppello Shrine.

I will also pray for Dom Pietro. Sr. Cecelia of Rome

We have been praying here in CT since day one of this novena.

Patriciaenk, thank you for your note; I shall ask for your needs and intentions when I hear Mass today

I too, am praying for Blessed Columba to help obtain his healing. :)

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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