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PAGE 2 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 22, 2016 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. BLAME IT ON YOUR The Porta Pretoria in Albano Laziale, Italy. A clear example of the durability and grey surface of Peperino. The last edition discussed the tions spewed out the materials time when the area now occu- which eventually hardened to pied by Rome and its suburbs form the "tufa" rock that was was covered with the quiet blue used by the Romans for their waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea in wails, sewers, and buildings. the form of a broad and placid Following the first eruption bay. The article also explained which filled in the bay with how a series of volcanic erup- that stony "tufa" came the sec- ROOTS, PART II and eruption, which not only buried a forest to provide all of that valuable charcoal, but also deposited the great beds of "pozzolena" which lie all about Rome. This is a reddish volcanic dust, nearly half being oxide of iron, and also containing silex (flint and quartz), alum, chalk, and magnesia. This most im- portant of all volcanic products was eventually mixed with lime and water to form a strong and cohesive concrete. This is the concrete that permitted the Roman builders -- the empire builders -- to construct those incredible wails, baths, basili- cas, and temples, which have resisted all of the destructive agencies of time and weather better than most stone. Still another element from the second eruption furnished sup- plies for the future Rome. The elevation of this area above the level of the sea caused the for- mation of freshwater lakes and a river now called Tiber, which originally was of great width and depth. The water was high in carbonic acid gas content, and thus deposited a pure carbon- (Continued on Page 14) Sacred Eighth Annual Heart Dinner by Sal Giarratani Auction East Boston Central Catholic School Dinner/Auction Committee members. L-R: Phyllis DelVecchio, Kristen Chianca, Mark'Medeiros, Jessica Vasquez, Mario Santillana, Carol Baglio, and Patti Braid. Sacred Heart Parish held funds were raised for the in the grammar school. People its Annual Dinner Auction to school, love handing funds over to support East Boston CentralOnce again, there was no Father Wayne, and smile while Catholic School in the church better auctioneer than Father doing so. It seemed like taking hall on April 2nd. Wayne Belschner, who seems candy from a baby like that old The turnout, as usual, was to enjoy taking money from song's lyric I still remember o~erwhelming. Much needed parishioners to help the children from the 60s. Father Wayne showing off items on the auction block to family members and school officials. (Photos By Sal Giarratani) Saint John Francis Regis by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Jean-Francois Regis was born january 31, 1597, in Fontcouverte, Aude, in the Langued- oc region of southern France. His father, Jean R6gis, had re- cently been ennobled, and his mother, Mar- guerite de Cugunhan, was of a noble family. He was educated at the Jesuit College of B6ziers. John Francis was so impressed by his Jesuit educators that he wished to enter the Society of Jesus. He did so at age 18. Despite his rigorous . ~ ~.~ academic schedule, he spent many hours m ctiapel, often to the dismay of fellow seminarians who Were concerned about his health Following his ordination to the pri6~}ho0d, he undertook ........ ~ It" 4 Y'~i ~Y "'~ rmsmonary work m various Fren~" ~owns. Regis was nave_fully 4:Ke4 aredT0r his life's work and entered upon his apostolic career in the summer of 1631. John Francis Regis was a fireless worker who spent most of his life serving the marginaiized. As a newly ordained priest, he worked with bubonic plague victims in Toulouse. From May 1632 until September 1634, his headquarters was at the Jesuit College of Montpellier. Here he labored for the conversion of the Huguenots, visited hospitals, assisted the needy and preached Catholic doctrine with tireless zeal to children and the poor. Regis is best known for his work with at-risk women and orphans. He established safe houses and found jobs. Regis established the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacl~ament, which organized charitable collections of money and food. He also established several hostels for prostitutes, and helped many become trained lace makers, which provided them with a stable income. In 1633, Regis went to the Diocese of Viviers at the invitation of the local bishop, giving missions throughout the diocese.-From 1633 to 1640, he evangelized more than fifty districts in le Vivarais, le Forez, and le Velay. Regis labored diligently on behalf of both priests and laymen. His preaching style was said to have been simple and direct. He appealed to the uneducated peasantry and numerous conversions resulted. Regis' labors reaped a harvest of conversions. Although he longed to devote himself to the conversion of the indigenous inhabitants of Canada, he remained in France all his life. Regis walked from town to town, in rough mountainous areas where travel was difficult, especially in the winter. He succumbed to pneumonia at age forty-three on December 31, 1640, at Laiouvesc in France's Dauphin6 region. St. John Francis Regis was canonized on April 5, 1737, by Pope Clement XII. His feast day is June 16t". Today, Regis' name lives on across the world. There is a St. Regis Lake, Mount St. Regis, Regis High School (Manhattan and Denver), St. Regis Hotels, St. Regis apartments, and St. Regis swimming pools. The Friends of the North End together with the NORTH END HISTORICAL SOCIETY presents Boston's North End An Italian American Story All are Invited to be Our Guest at a one hour Video Presentation of Boston's North End An Italian American Story Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Sons of Italy Hall 117 Swanton Street, Winchester, MA Video Showing promptly at 7:00 pm Question and answer period following video Light Refreshment Will Be Provided or For Further Information E-Moil Arthur "Sonny" Louretono {oolouretono@gmoiL corn) or coil 617-293-6173 view the website at