The Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo - The Fecundity of the Charism

The Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo

In September of 1985 Fr. Massimo Camisasca, encouraged by Fr. Giussani, founded the Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo. The young priests who joined him desired to support one another in their vocation and to respond to the invitation expressed by John Paul II to the Movement of CL at the papal audience for the thirtieth anniversary of CL: “Go into all the world and bring the truth, the beauty, and the peace which are found in Christ the Redeemer.” The Fraternity of St. Charles was established in 1989 as a Society of Apostolic Life of diocesan right by Cardinal Ugo Poletti and in 1999 it received recognition as an Institute of Pontifical Right from John Paul II.

On September 29, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI called Fr. Massimo Camisasca to the episcopacy and assigned him to the diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla. His episcopal consecration took place on December 7, 2012. On February 1, 2013 the general assembly of the Fraternity elected Fr. Paolo Sottopietra as the new superior general.

Fraternity” and “mission” are the two programmatic words of this young community: to serve people with an openness to go to any place where the needs of the Church and of the Movement ask for a priestly presence. They seek to bring the experience of CL to the whole world, as the founder of the Fraternity wrote: “by way of a missionary and priestly energy.” They desire a communion that would be both a reciprocal help and a method of missionary presence in the places they are engaged in the world: parishes, schools, universities.

The priests of the Fraternity of St. Charles live in houses that want to be a sign of the companionship of Christ with men and an opportunity for Him to be known according to the charism of Fr. Luigi Giussani. They intend to allow themselves to be continually educated by this charism so that they can live their priesthood for the entire church and for their entire lives.

The experience of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo began in 2005. The new female institute is understood as a unique missionary reality alongside the Fraternity of St. Charles and was recognized as an Association of the Faithful by the bishop of Porto-Santa Rufina, Gino Reali, on March 25, 2007.

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