Since 2005, Caritas Chamber Chorale has sung concerts for the benefit of the Adorno Fathers St. Francis Caracciolo Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa and has raised over $50,000. Caritas continues to support this mission.
St. Francis Caracciolo Mission
Established in 1984, the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission provides health, educational, and spiritual services to 80,000 people. Located in Nyamilima near the border of Rwanda, this is one of the poorest parts of Africa and has been the site of natural disaster, disease and ongoing tribal warfare.
In September 2009 a new mission church was created at the request of the Bishop of Bukavu on the Island of Idgwi, in Lake Kivu. This parish is staffed by 3 priests and one brother, all African Adornos.In Nyamilima, the Mission oversees 15 parishes and has built 30 schools, which serve 14,000 students and employ 350 teachers. It runs St. John's Hospital as well as four dispensaries which provide first aid and maternity care. There is also a Malnutrition Center, serving the youngest children. At the Guiseppe Diurni Pastoral Center, lay people are trained to provide spiritual, civil, social, and health-related assistance. These lay people also serve as peacekeepers and local leaders.
After being devasted by a volcanic eruption in 2002, the recently rebuilt St. Joseph's Seminary is now located just outside of Goma. Twenty-two Congolese priests and brothers, who now serve in Africa and other areas of the world, have been educated here.
The seminary extended its apostolate by opening a free kindergarten and primary school in the city of Goma for the street children. The Gianni Diurni Primary School currently educates children from kindergarten through 6th grade, also providing one meal each day. It is for the operation of this school that Caritas Chamber Chorale has sung its most recent concerts.
The Adorno Fathers
The Order known as the Adorno Fathers was founded in Italy in 1588 by St. Francis Caracciolo, Venerable Augustine Adorno and Fabrizio Caracciolo. The founders were dedicated to the service of God and His people through authentic Christian charity and through the cultivation of a great spirit of prayer, especially adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In addition to the common vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, the founders added a fourth vow: not to aspire to ecclesiastical honors, basically a vow of humility. The priests and brothers of the Adorno Fathers strive to sanctify themselves and the People of God by imitating the Paschal Mystery of Christ in their lives.
The Adorno Fathers first came to the United States in 1930. In December of 1937, they began a long history of ministering to the parish community of St. Joseph in Lodi. In 1962, the Adorno Fathers opened their House of Formation in Ramsey, New Jersey. They opened Immaculate Conception Parish in South Carolina in 1989.
Inspired by the charitable spirit of their founders, the Adornos saw the need to expand as missionaries in developing countries. In 1984, the St. Francis Caracciolo Mission was formed in Nyamilima, currently Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. The Mission runs a Pastoral Center, parishes, schools, a hospital, a malnutrition center, and a seminary in Goma. In addition to the African Mission, the Adorno Fathers are now also present in India and the Philippines.
The Adorno Fathers celebrated a very special Jubilee Year from May, 2007 to June 2008. During this time, numerous activities took place including musical offerings by Caritas Chamber Chorale.
Contact the Adornos
The Adornos maintain a house of formation in Ramsey, and staff St. Joseph Church in Lodi, NJ. For more information about their missions in Africa and elsewhere, visit their website at adornofathers.org, or contact:
Fr. Michael Marotta
St. Joseph Church
40 Spring St.
Lodi, NJ, 07644