Today is the birthday of Saint Paul of the Cross, Founder of the Passionists. He was born on this day in 1694 in the town of Ovada in northern Italy. Last october, during a pilgrimage called In the Footsteps of Saint Paul of the Cross , I spent a few days in Ovada with a group of Australian Passionists and our Superior General, Father Ottaviano. The official photographer to the pilgrimage was Father Gary of The Passionist Charism. Here are some of his pictures.
The Danei family home in Ovada, birthplace of Saint Paul of the Cross
The General of the Passionists celebrating Mass in the room where Paul was born
Italian homily with English translation
The font from the old parish church (where Saint Paul was baptised) is now preserved in the Danei family home