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Monday, October 9 – Saturday, 14, 2023

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Symposium on Scalabrinian Spirituality 2023

Rome October 9-14, 2023.

The recent canonization of St. John Baptist Scalabrini has awakened in the Church and society an awareness of the need for a co-responsible commitment to the promotion of integral human development and pastoral care of and with migrants, refugees and their families. As Scalabrinian Missionaries, faithful to the charism and mission received from our holy Founder, we feel the moral duty to do our part and to be a seed for a mentality of fraternity in society.

We wish to deepen our spirituality, to be worthy followers of the Founder through a mission that is true life in the Spirit, the Spirit who can be understood in all languages because he speaks the language of the heart. To help us in this endeavor, we will gather from October 9 to 14, 2023, in an International Symposium, which will take place at the St. Lawrence of Brindisi International College in Rome. The theme will be: “I will come to gather all the nations” (Is. 66:19). It is our desire to deepen in particular the intercultural dimension of our spirituality, which is nourished in the encounter with Christ present in migrants and refugees, and to understand how to express and share it in the church and society.

The participants will be mostly delegates of the Scalabrinian missionaries, with a representation of Scalabrinian missionary sisters, Scalabrinian secular missionaries, and lay people from around the world, for a total of about 70 participants.

International College “San Lorenzo da Brindisi”

Cinconvallazione Occidentale n°6850 – (GRA KM 65.050)
C.P. 18382  – 00163 Rome (Italy

organizing committee


General administration
1. Fr Leonir Chiarello, cs, superior general
2. Fr Giovanni Borin, cs, vicar general
3. Fr Mariano Cisco, cs, general councilor
4. Fr Mario Geremia, cs, general councilor
5. Fr Graziano Battistella, cs, general secretary


General secretariat of religious life
6. Fr Tran Van Thiet, cs, St F. X. Cabrini Province
7. Fr Barly Kiweme, cs, St J. B. Scalabrini Region
8. Fr Maurizio Maifredi, cs, St Charles B. Province.
9. Fr Giovanni Bizzotto, cs, St J. the B. Province
10. Fr Alejandro Cifuentes, cs, O.L.M.M. Region

11. Fr Isaia Birollo, cs, invited speaker

Saint Frances Cabrini Province
12. Fr Ignacio Gutierrez, cs, provincial superior
13. Fr Luciano Toldo, cs, Australia
14. Fr Edwin Corros, cs, Japan
15. Fr Heribertus Mangkur, cs, Indonesia
16. Fr Tran Quoc Bao, cs, Philippines
17. Mr. John Nazareno Calabrese, Australia

Our Lady Mother of the Migrants Region
18. Fr Alexandre Biolchi, cs, regional superior
19. Fr Ildo Griz, cs, regional vicar
20. Fr Alfredo Gonçalves, cs, Brasil
21. Fr Genoir Pieta, cs, Brasil
22. Fr Agenor Sbaraini, cs, Brasil
23. Fr Nguyen Hoach, cs, Brasil
24. Fr Dominikus Ratu, cs, Brasil
25. Fr Carlos Alberto Villar, cs, Argentina
26. Fr Jean Gaby, cs, Chile
27. Fr Alcides Salinas, cs, Paraguay
28. Ms. Katya Johanna Valdés Guralnick, Chile
29. Ms. Lorena Teresa Elina Mirábile, Argentina
30. Ms. Viviane Aparecida da Silva, Brasil
31. Mr. Juliano Cupini, Brasil

Provincia San Giovanni Battista
32. Fr Miguel Alvarez, cs, provincial superior
33. Fr Leandro Fossa, cs, USA
34. Fr Marcos M. Lopez, cs, Canada
35. Fr José Juan Cervantes, cs, Mexico
36. Fr Joe Durante, cs, Mexico
37. Mr Matthew De Carolis, USA
38. Mr Wilson Lemus, Canada

Saint Charles Borromeo Province
39. Fr Horécio Carlos Anklan, cs, provincial superior
40. Fr Jefferson Orlando Bariviera, cs, USA
41. Fr Lino García Ayala, cs, USA
42. Fr Gustot Lucien, cs, Haiti
43. Fr Marcio Toniazzo, cs, USA
44. Ms. Vanessa Russo, USA
45. Ms. Adriana Camacho Sabogal, Colombia

Saint J. B. Scalabrini Region
46. Fr Mauro Lazzarato, cs, regional superior
47. Fr Carlos Caetano Dias, cs, regional vicar
48. Fr Marcos Donato F., cs, Luxembourg
49. Fr Ronan Jotoiot Ayag, cs, Italy
50. Fr John-Anderson Vibert, cs, Switzerland
51. Fr Mario Toffari, cs, Italy
52. Fr Jonas Donassollo, cs, Italy
53. Fr Truong Quang Phu, cs, France
54. Fr Jovannie Postrano, cs, United Kingdom
55. Fr Filippo Ferraro, cs, South Africa
56. Ms. Inês Simões, Portugal
57. Ms. Lucia Funicelli, Italy
58. Mr. Emanuele Selleri, Italy
59. Mr. Calogero Marturana, Switzerland

Missionary Sisters of St Charles Borromeo – Scalabrinians
60. Sr. Ana Paula Ferreira da Rocha, mscs, general councilor – General animator of formation
61. Sr. Giuliana Bosini, mscs, provincial superior, Province of Saint Joseph
62. Sr. Luiza Dal Moro, mscs, provincial superior, Province of Our Lady of Fatima
63. Sr. Analita Candaten, mscs, provincial councilor, Province of O. L. Mother of the Migrants

Scalabrinian Secular Missionaries
64. Regina Widmann, mss, general moderator
65. Agnese Varsalona, mss, Italy (part 1)
Anna Fumagalli, mss, Switzerland (part 2)
66. Mirella Martin, mss, Switzerland
67. Filomena Marro, mss, Italy.




Monday, Oct. 9

  • Arrival, registration, settling in

  • 6:30 p.m. Liturgy: by the Secretariat (theme: welcoming)

  • 20.00 Dinner

  • 21.00 Welcome evening 

Tuesday, Oct. 10

  • 7:30 a.m. Holy Mass

  • 9.00 a.m. Greeting by the superior general

  • Presentation: What is spirituality? Cristina Simonelli, professor of patristic theology in Verona and Milan

  • 11 a.m. Presentation: Diversity, Gift of the Spirit. For an intercultural spirituality Sr. Anna Damas, SSpS, General Direction

  • 13.15 Lunch

  • 15.30 Encountering other spiritualities
                             – Ignatian spirituality: Paul Rolphy Pinto, SJ, Pontifical Gregorian University, Institute of Spirituality
                             – the Xaverian spirituality: Faustino Turco, SX, Postulator

  • 17.30 Workshop

  • 19.00 Liturgy: Province of St. Frances Cabrini (theme: diversity)

  • 20.00 Dinner

  • 21.00 Presentation of the regions/provinces 


Wednesday, Oct. 11

  • 7:30 a.m. Holy Mass

  • 9:00 How is Scalabrinian spirituality lived out? Lay testimonies

  • Australia and Asia: John Calabrese – South America: Katya Johanna Valdés Guralnick  – North America: Matthew De Carolis – Europe and Africa: Emanuele Selleri

  • 11.00 How is Scalabrinian spirituality lived out?
    Testimonies of secular missionary: Agnese Varsalona, mss  – Scalabrinian nun: Sr. Ana Paula Ferreira da Rocha, mscs – Scalabrinian missionary: Fr. Isaia Birollo, cs

  • 1:15 p.m. Lunch

  • 15.30 Workshop – sharing of personal testimonies

  • 17.30 Plenary session – report on the workshop

  • 19.00 Liturgy: Our Lady Mother of Migrants Region (theme: encounter)

  • 20.00 Ethnic dinner: Churrasco 


Thursday, Oct. 12

  • 7:30 a.m. Holy Mass

  • 9 a.m. Presentation: Scalabrini’s spiritual legacy – Graziano Battistella, cs.

  • 11.00 a.m. Presentation: Development of Scalabrinian spirituality from 1996 to 2023
    Australia and Asia: Fr. Edwin Corros, cs – South America: Fr Alfredo Gonçalves, cs – North America: Fr. Miguel Alvarez, cs – Europe and Africa: Fr Mario Toffari, cs

  • 13.15 Lunch

  • 3:30 p.m. Workshop: how to grow and express Scalabrinian spirituality and post-convention initiatives

  • 17.30 Plenary session: report on the workshop

  • 19,00 Liturgy: Province St. Charles and St. John the Baptist (theme: itinerancy)

  • 20.00 Dinner

  • 21.00 Performance by ScalaMusic

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Friday, Oct. 13

  • 7:30 a.m. Holy Mass

  • Spiritual retreat – Msgr. Daniele Salera, auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Rome

  • 9.00 First meditation

  • 11.00 Second meditation

  • 12.15 Eucharistic adoration

  • 13.15 Lunch

  • 3:30 p.m. Workshop: Evaluation: What I expected, what impressed me, what I take away – Suggestions for after the conference

  • 4:15 p.m. Plenary session: report on the workshop

  • 5.30 p.m. Summary – Graziano Battistella, cs.

  • 18.00 Liturgy: St. G. B. Scalabrini Region (theme: universality)
    Reflection by Bishop Ambarus Benoni, auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Rome

  • 20.00 Dinner

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Saturday, Oct. 14

  • 7 a.m. Closing Mas – Leonir Chiarello, cs, superior general
    Departure for audience with the pope, which will be at 10 a.m.

  •  1:15 p.m. Lunch

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