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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 4, 2011 Saint Gabriel of Our Izuty of Sorrows by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Francesco Possenti, the name by which Saint Gabriel was known before entering religious life, was born at Assisi, Italy on March I, 1838. He was the son of Sante Possenti and Agnes Friscotti. Francesco was the eleventh of thirteen children, his mother passed away when he was just four years old, devastating the child. The family turned to his older sis- ter, Maria Louise, who helped her father raise his children until she was taken by Chol- era and Francesco at seven- teen lost his second mother. The family was living in Spoletto at the .time of Maria's death, Francesco's father having accepted the presti- gious position of registar; increasingly he became in- volved in local affairs spend- ing little time with Francesco and his children. Maria's death gave Franceco deep awareness of the frailty of life, how our . lives on earth were merely a pilgrimage to Heaven. He immersed himself in the Church, and learning about Jesus. Francesco was educated at the Christian Brothers' School, and the Jesuit college at Spoleto. Im- mediately after the comple- tion of his secular education, he entered religious life. On September 21, 1856 he was clothed with the Passionist habit, and received the name of Gabriele dell' Addolorata. He made his reiigious profes- sion on September 22, 1857, and then began his studies as a Passionist student He was gifted with a won- derful memory: he closely ad- hered to the observances that characterized the Passionist way of life. Little was known of Gabriel's extraordinary spiritual gifts during his life. He was not singular, he con- formed himself to the com- munity and his cloistered life separated him from the world. He possessed a deep spirit of prayer, and a fervent devotion to the Passion of Our Lord, to the Holy Eucharist, and to the Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin. Gabriel died of tuberculosis at the age of 24, on February 27, 1862. Within a few years of his death, he was declared venerable by the Church, thereby testifying that he had practiced all the virtues in a heroic degree. Gabriel was buried in the church attached to the re- treat at Isola di Gran Sasso. His solemn beatification took place on May 31, 1908, among those present were many who had known him during his life, including one of his brothers, his old spiritual director and confessor and Signor Dominico Tiberi, who had been miraculously cured through his intercession. Gabriel was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. He is the patron of youth and young religious. DAClA MARAINI at the Dante Alighieri Society Professionisti Italiani a Boston, in collaboration with MITaly and the Italian Society at Harvard Kennedy School, would like to invite you to meet the Italian writer Dacia Maraini. The event will be kindly hosted by the Dante Alighieri Society on March 4 th 2011 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm at Dante Alighieri Society, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The language of the event will be Italian. To register for this event please use: After the meeting at 7:30pm the writer will present "Lettere D'amore", a dramaturgical reading of unpublished letters that Gabriele D'Annunzio wrote to Barbara Leoni. For more information regarding this event please contact or visit, http: / / www. hcs. italian-society. The Agency for all your Insurance Coverages Richard Settipane AUTO HOMEOWNERS TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference SPECIALIST in RESTAURANT and BUSINESS POLICIES CALL TODAY FOR YOUR QUOTE 617-523-3456 - Fax 617-723-9212 1 Longfellow - Place Suite 2322 - Boston, MA 02114 Convenientl / located with Free Parking When Pietro Nigro Famulari came to Boston in 2008, he had just begun de- veloping a passion for film- making. Two years later, he was receiving an award at the Redstone Film Festival at Boston University and try- ing to make it in Hollywood. "I owe so much to my ex- perience in Boston," says Nigro Famulari, a native of Siracusa, Sicily. Before com- ing to study for a master of fine arts degree at Boston University's College of Com- munication, the young Ital- ian director had never been to the United States, nor had he experimented in serious filmmaking. "The experi- BU's Redstone Film Festival Awards Young Sicilian by Nicola Orichuia ence gave me a lot of confi- dence and has transformed me into a director, a film- maker." As proof of his tal- ent, the young director can now boast the second-place prize at BU's annual Redstone Film Festival, which awards its students' best film and documentary projects. "It's a great opportunity," says Nigro Famulari, "because thanks to this award, my film will be shown in New York on March 16 and Los Angeles on March 31." The 17-minute short film Nigro Famulari presented to the festival is Your way home, a thesis project he had been working on for over a year. The film is a day in the life of a young ll-year-old boy in Siracusa who is about to be transferred to yet an- other foster home. The film's goal, he says, is to spotlight the problem of adoption and foster homes once children get older. "One of my best friends in Siracusa is adopted, and I have always felt compelled to tell the story of adopted children." The project was entirely filmed in Siracusa, with the help of fellow students Trevor K. Taylor, Andrea Rosas Ferro, Dimitri Kouri, Stephen Ohl, Jeffrey Stall- man and Kathy Lee. "I strongly wanted for Pietro to film in Sicily," says BU Pro- fessor Mary Jane Doherty, who followed and guided Nigro Famulari through the entire thesis project. "For me it's more than just showcasing a place. Loca- tion is one of the most im- portant ingredients in film- making. The place produces the story." 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