SANTA CATERINA DEL SASSO
THE HOUSING AND CARE OF THE HUMAN WILL BE ASSIGNED TO THE FRANCISCAN FRATERNITY OF BETANIA
«Maintaining the religious and spiritual dimension and at the same time finding a solution capable of guaranteeing greater openness of this splendid place, the possibility of participating in community life, the celebration of liturgical rites and holy masses, with the aim of always making the faithful and visitors participate more in the spirituality and beauty of the hermitage “. This is the synthesis of the concepts expressed by the President of the Province of Varese Gunnar Vincenzi and by Monsignor Franco Agnesi during the press conference to present the new agreement between Villa Recalcati and the Archdiocese of Milan for the custody and care of Santa Caterina del Sasso.
On 30 March next the convention with the Association of the Oblates will expire, a secular reality that at the moment deals with the custody of the Hermitage and the care of one of the symbols of the province will be entrusted to the Franciscan Fraternity of Bethany, “a religious institute – explained Mosignor Agnesi – who, in addition to the care, will give the place a religious and spiritual dimension “, but also the possibility of a broader access time, participation and involvement in community life.
“In view of the expiry of the current agreement – explained President Vincenzi – we have been confronted with the Archdiocese to identify a path with the aim of giving even greater strength to the spiritual aspect. Together we sought a solution that could guarantee greater openness both in terms of timetables and in terms of participation in the life of the Hermitage, so as to be able to enhance even the cultural, historical and architectural aspects, including that of faith. The Franciscan Fraternity of Bethany, which will be present in Santa Caterina with a small stable nucleus, in addition to the daily celebration of Holy Mass, which will be able to participate, will combine the will of those arriving for a visit to the hermitage to those of those wants to live a moment of spirituality. “The agreement found, which will be ratified by the new convention – concluded President Vincenzi and Monsignor Agnesi -, is the result of a shared path that has developed starting from a community of intent, since the enhancement of beauty next to a profound recovery of the spiritual aspect have been the objectives fixed since the beginning of this operation “.