Last night our Unification Team from Santa Maria Addolorata, Holy Innocents, & St. Malachy +Precious Blood met to discuss new Mass times during the summer months as well a new name for the East and West sites. It has been declared by Cardinal Cupich that our parish community will be called
BLESSED MARIA GABRIELLA SAGHEDDU
But who was Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu?
Among various reasons why her name was chosen and one that stands out the most was her deep desire and ecumenical spirit THAT ALL MAY BE ONE IN JESUS.
Bl. Maria Gabriella Sagheddu (b. 3/17/1914 in Dorgali, Sardinia, Italy) was a Trappist Cistercian nun in Grottaferrata near Rome. Sagheddu became an ardent devotee to the cause of ecumenism, and she offered herself as a spiritual sacrifice for the unification of the Christian Church during the special week for Christian unification in 1938. In May of 1938, she became ill of Tuberculosis and died on April 23, 1939. Upon her death, a bookmark was found in her bible marking two verses taken from the Gospel of John 17: 11 “that they may be one, as we also are”. The other was marked from the same chapter verse 21: “so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.”
It is also noteworthy & fitting to mention that during the week of her passing the Gospel reading was from John 10:16 “There will be one flock and one shepherd.” This passage held a special significance in her life.
When her body was exhumed in 1957 it was found incorruptible. On January 25, 1983, she was beatified by Pope St. John Paul II during the Week of Christian Unity. Because of life and devotion, she was named patroness of Ecumenism and Ill people. Her Feast Day is April 22.
Here are external links for information about Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu:
Ut Unum Sint by Pope John Paul II Line 27 mentions Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu:
Catholic Saints: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=7441
Monastery of Our Lady of St. Joseph/Trappist convent to which Bl. Maria Gabriella belonged: