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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 Saint Catherine de Ricci by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Mysticism in philosophy is defined as the desire of the human soul towards an intimate union with the Divinity. There have been many mystics in the Church not the least of whom was Saint Catherine de Ricci. Saint Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her bap- tismal name was Alexandria but she took the name Catherine upon entering religious life. Her father, Pier Francesco de' Ricci, de- scended from an old and re- spected Tuscan family .of bankers and merchants. Her mother of the Ricasoli family -- died when she was a small child, and she was brought up by a devoted step- mother, Fiametta Diacetto. Catherine was a deeply prayerful child; at six years of age her father placed her in the convent of Monticello where her aunt Louisa de Ricci was a nun. At fourteen she entered the Dominican convent of Prato in Tuscany where she was professed in 1536. She was appointed to one important office after another as a result of her wise and holy governance and her compassionate loving nature. She became mistress of novices at a very young age, then sub prioress and finally prioress, a posi- tion she held for the rest of her life. As we wrote earlier in this column, Saint Catherine was a mystic, she became famous, in her time, for the "Ecstasy of the Passion" which she experienced for twelve years every Thursday from noon until Friday at 4:00 pm. The fame of her religious experiences brought many people of every rank and calling to Prato disturbing the peace and strict observance of the convent. She was visited by the Cardinals Cervini, Alexander de Medici, and Aldobrandini, all three of whom later became popes under the names of Marcellus II, Clement VIII, and Leo XI. Catherine de Ricci lived in an age of great saints; among her contemporaries were St. Charles Borromeo and St. Philip Neri, who she corresponded with but never met in person. She passed away after a long illness in 1589. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XIV in 1746. Saint Catherine de Ricci's feast is observed on February 13 th. 00/,00PINELLIS UNCTION FACILIT} 7 Specialhing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quinceaera, Reunion, Birthday, Social and Corporate Events. Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. We are dedicated to the highest level of service and professionalism to ensure the success of your special occasion. 280 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA Please Call 617-567-4499 The Pioneer, Perfectionist & Patriot Gino and Sandra Cappelletti in the stadiums of all stadiums, The Colleseum, Rome Italy, circa 1972. In the 70'5, Cappelletti had sold his inter- est in the restaurant. He turned his atten- tion to broadcasting. Solicited by several lo- cal radio and television stations while he was still playing football, he was one of the few AFL players trusted to pursue his late night television sports reporting gigs. He was also hired as a special teams coach with the Pa- triots for three years in between his radio contracts. Cappelletti was eventually hired to do the radio color commentary for the Patriots games for an astounding total of 35 years working with play by play commentators Gil Santos and Dale Arnold. "We tried to create an image for the listener by describing what you see. We gave the down and distance, the time on the clock and who had the ball and what they were doing with it." Apparently this approach worked well for it is well known in these parts that at kickoff time, viewers muted the volume on the television network broadcast in favor of the Santos/Cappelletti version of the game. According to research completed by the Worcester Telegram, the Santos-Cappelletti duo is the longest radio tandem in NFL history. However, Cappelletti was not limited to just sports announcing. He had been asked over the years to publically narrate fictional and historical events such as *Peter and the Wolf at the Boston Ballet, "Freddie the Foot- ball" at the Boston Symphony Hall with Mae- stro Arthur Fidler and more notably in 1975 with "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" at Boston's Old North Church where President Ford sat and listened intently during a cel- ebration of the 200 th Anniversary of our country's independence. In 1992, Cappelletti was the second player behind John Hannah to be inducted into the Patriots Football Hall of Fame. His number 20 was also permanently retired. He was also inducted into the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. Efforts are still con- tinuing to see to it that Cappelletti gets his due some day and is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When Buoniconti was being inducted on August 4, 2001, during his acceptance speech he thanked his team- mates especially, "The ambassador of them all, Gino Cappelletti," and he stated "Gino, someday, I think will be standing up here." PART 4 of 4 by Peter Vitale While it would have been an honor to be enrolled into the Professional Football Hall of Fame, Cappelletti states, "it does not define me as a person. I had a distant dream as a child to one day play professional football. I was able to live out that dream. When it be- gan, I had no idea how this journey would end for me. After 11 years as a professional football player, three years as a coach and 35 years as a radio and television announcer, what more could I ask?" At 78 years old, Cappelletti decided to leave the broadcasting booth in the summer of 2012 to spend more time with his family, including his wife Sandra, his three daugh- ters, Gina, Cara Mia and Christina and his ten grandchildren. "I gave them all strong Italian names so they would never forget their heritage." Cappelletti assured me, "My grandchildren are all gifted athletically and they are carrying on the Cappelletti tradi- tion of perfectionism." We both laugh. Commenting on his retirement, Patriots Owner Robert Kraft told ESPN, "there will never be another Gino Cappelletti. In our 52- year history, Gino served as a player, coach or color analyst for 45 of those seasons. I re- member watching him play as an original Boston Patriot in 1960. He quickly became Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti at the last regular season game at Gillette Stadium on December 30, 2012. (Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman photo) one of the biggest stars of the fledgling Ameri- can Football League. He retired as the league's all-time leading scorer and deserves special recognition, not just for being one of the pioneers of the AFL, but for creating the foundation on which our franchise was built. He has been a great ambassador for the Pa- triots over a career that spanned six decades. His legend has grown since he retired as a player, as generations of Patriots fans have grown up listening to him provide insight and analysis of many of the most memorable games in franchise history. While he may be stepping down as a broadcaster, he will always be a Patriots ambassador and will re- main one of the most iconic figures in fran- chise history." Crossing his snow covered lawn, I walk back to my car reflecting on those early days at Fenway Park when I watched Cappelletti take the snowy field wearing #20 with his square toe worn shoe. I felt like I had just exited a time capsule. Cappelletti is a pio- neer, a perfectionist, a Patriot .... and a great Italian American. I'll bet he also makes great wine too. My sincere thanks to Bob Hyldburg who wrote "Total Patriots" for providing me with Mr. Cappelletti' s statistics. The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. C LE( ;AL NOTICES For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZEI-IE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE, P.O. BOX 130135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices