DelegazioniMission and witness around the world!...
We serve in Italy: The Order of Clerics Regular Minor originated in Italy in the end of the sixteenth century when three Italian priests: St. Francis Caracciolo, Venerable Augustine Adorno and Fr. Fabrizio Caracciolo, were inspired by the grace of God to initiate this Order. Their main point was the spiritual renewal of the Church, especially of the priests and the religious. The special charism of our Order is the Eucharistic centred pastoral work. This Order is commonly known as the Adorno Fathers. Our motto is: “Ad Maiorem Resurgentis Gloriam” which means “For the Greater Glory of the Risen Christ”.
We serve in Africa: With a mission area of 2400 square kilometers and a population of 80,000 Nyamilima needs a central location where lay people can be trained to minister to the villagers. This training takes place at the Giuseppe Diurni Pastoral Center. Once trained, these lay people provide spiritual, civil, social and health related assistance. They teach the faith, help with the liturgy, provide advice on laws and rights and serve as peacekeepers. The St. Francis Caracciolo Mission has 15 small associated parishes. While eight of these parishes have permanent brick and stone church buildings, the others still use structures of sticks and mud. In 1985 construction began on the elementary schools of Nyamilima. At that time they were attended by 400 students. By the 1997/98 school year the number had grown to 1700. Today there are 28 schools in Nyamilima which serve about 14,000 students on the elementary and secondary levels. With the assistance of the parents 360 teachers are able to receive a small salary. The need for medical services in the mission area is very great. Currently there is one 80 bed hospital, St. John’s Hospital, serving the people of the area. The hospital has one doctor on staff who is occasionally assisted by visiting doctors. Approximately 15 nurses staff the hospital. (Flavia De Bernardis, a volunteer nurse from Italy, is pictured below.) The monthly cost for salaries at St. John’s Hospital is $2500. This does not include medical supplies. In addition to the hospital there are four dispensaries which provide first aid, maternity care and refer patients to the hospital when necessary. There is also a malnutrition center.
We serve in the United States: The Order of the Clerics Regular Minor (Adorno Fathers) came to the United States in 1930, following an invitation of Most Reverend Thomas J. Wals, Bishop of Neward, New Jersey. Father Michael De Angelis came to America and worked for some time in Morristown, New Jersey as a chaplain of the Filippini Sisters. After a few years the Archbishop assigned Father Michael as Pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Lodi, New Jersey. It was on April 1, 1962 when we finally opened a House of Studies in Ramsey, New Jersey. Later, the Adorno Center was built to prepare candidates for the priesthood and the religious life.
We serve in India: The Adorno Fathers – CRM started their mission in India in 1993. First house was opened at Mallikassery in the diocese of Palai called ‘Adorno Ashram’. Rev. Fr. Mario Salon, then Superior General and General Council decided to begin communities in India. Rev. Fr. John Paul a zealous and dedicated missionary was the first superior and he guided the community until 2009. Many young men joined the Order since its foundation and the Order flourished and continue to grow. At present we have four houses in India which belong to Santhom Indo-German Delegation. And the Central house is Adorno Bhavan, Bangalore. With the superior of the delegation and his councilors, the Order under their guidance we are on the path of growth.
We serve in Germany: It has been over 25 years since the Clerics Regular Minor (Adorno Fathers) came to Germany, in the city of Munster, to work for the Italian immigrants. Our community here in Germany serves more than 600 Italian immigrants. It is a great gift for us to be with these people as their priests, brothers, and fellow travelers.
We serve in the Philippines: At the General Chapter in Rome in 2000, formal petition to open a mission in the Philippines was presented. With the approval of the petition, the Chapter also assigned Father Nicholas Capetola to be responsible for the initial and necessary steps in the gradual entrance of the Order in the Philippines. For the next two years, the Order was able to secure a land that was donated by Atty. Harry James Pajares on June 13, 2001. The first Adornos to open a seminary in the Philippines took up the residence at Holy Trinity College Seminary on March 1, 2002. Thus, the first of March 2002 is the official date of the foundation of the Adorno Fathers in the Philippines. In 2005, the seminary community relocated to a new home in Sto. Domingo, Vinzons, Camarines Norte. The blessing and inauguration of the new seminary building was held on the Feast of St. Francis Caracciolo on June 4, 2005. From its humble beginnings, the Adornos in the Philippines currently have two formation houses in Vinzons, Philippines, two in Lipa, Philippines and a mission in Surigao located in the Island of Mindanao, southern Philippines which was opened in September 2018.