Hannibal Mary Di Francia (1851-1927)

Hannibal Mary Di Francia was born in Messina, Italy, on July 5, 1851. His father Francis was a knight, the Marquises of St. Catherine of Jonio, Papal Vice-Consul and Honorary Captain of the Navy. His mother, Anna Toscano, also belonged to an...

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St. Hannibal’s Devotion to the Holy Archangels PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 14:16

Angels are never just figments of children's imagination. They are real. Our Father Founder, St. Hannibal firmly believes that these holy angels are actively guiding, sustaining and protecting all through these years the institutions and charitable works of the congregations that he started. What better proof for the reality of the angels can we have than this!

As we celebrate the singular feast of the Holy Archangels on September 29, let us then be acquainted with the sublime spirit and devotion of St. Hannibal Di Francia to the Holy Archangels.

In the time of St. Hannibal, each Archangel had his own proper feast day to be celebrated, but with the reform of the Roman Liturgy after Vatican II, all other feasts of the archangels were joined together in the single feast of St. Michael which designated yearly on September 29. What remained very peculiar in our celebration of the feast of the Holy Archangels was the special Triduum that we all faithful observed up to this time. The day itself of the feast remained outstandingly celebrated in all houses of the Rogationists and the Daughters of Divine Zeal.

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St. Hannibal’s Devotion to the Mary Bambinella PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 September 2011 06:37

      Our beloved Founder, St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia had singular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title Bambinella or the Child Mary. One of the testimonies given for the cause of his canonization affirmed that the Child Mary was the poetry of his heart. The Founder himself deemed it necessary to his sons and daughters-the Rogationists and the Daughters of Divine Zeal to have a solemn celebration of the feast by preparing a triduum, procession, sermons and vigil on the eve. It was a one of St. Hannibal’s dearest forms of piety as he was madly in love with the Bambinella. So much so that at the end of this saint’s earthly life, the Child Mary assured him of her love and protection.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 September 2011 06:46
Simplicity in St. Hannibal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2011 01:59
In his familial words as the Major Superior, Fr. Herman Abcede, RCJ proposed to the whole members of the Philippine Delegation to altogether journey towards maturity from the perspective of living simply. Fr. Herman made his point plain and simple. It was for all the Rogationists to be renewed once again to consider and prioritize the basics of the religious identity with the creative fidelity to our Rule of Life.

In response to his invitation, nowadays there are the noticeable sensibility and awareness among the members of the Philippine delegation. A number of priests and brothers share their comments and reflections as their appropriation and personal deepening on the call for simplicity. Formation Houses would also integrate in their formation this timely exhortation for the seminarians and young religious’ growth and maturity.
Saint Hannibal Mary Di Francia: a Legacy of the Ilocanos PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 06:03
Way back 1984 when a group of Daughters of Divine Zeal  Sisters arrived in the province and have their  convent ( Our Lady of Rogate ) built for the first time in Vintar, Ilocos Norte: Saint Nicholas Parish. After some years a group of Rogationists Priests and Brothers  came to promote vocations to the priesthood and the religious life in several regions in the north. The DDZ sisters headed by Mo. Gilda Lo Conti, FDZ as the superior , Sr. Noemi Fuderanan, FDZ, Sr. Evelyn Pascua, FDZ, Sr. Elna Casimsiman, FDZ  Sr. Socorro, FDZ , Sr. Josepa, FDZ, Sr. Corazon, FDZ and others  introduced to us the Padre and the charism of the Rogate. Through the help of the pioneer Rogationists like Fr. Gabriel Flores, RCJ, Rene Panlasigui, RCJ and others  and the Daughters of  the Divine Zeal Sisters from the north,  a lot of Ilocanos entered and tried to experience the life in the seminary and in the convent. The Ilocanos are proud to have Rogationists Religious and Sisters after  few years of presence  of DDZ Sisters in the Ilocos provinces.
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 June 2011 09:04

        Surprisingly this year, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is celebrated 19 days after Pentecost Sunday coincides with the 125th Anniversary-Eucharistic Year Celebration of the Feast of July the 1st. This is a solemn day of praise and thanksgiving for the whole Rogationists, Daughters of Divine Zeal, UPV and for all those who share in the charism of the Rogate handed down by St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia.
       From the very beginning of the spiritual experience of St. Hannibal, the Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was his source of inspiration and constant point of reference in his mission and apostolic activities among the children and the poor of the Avignone District in Messina, Italy. As a Founder he exclaimed that the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the titular feast of the Rogationists and Daughters of Divine Zeal.
      St. Hannibal, in his writings explained the significance of this great feast:

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