Bishop Constantino Luna Remembered

 

Constantino Luna, OFM, was ordained a Franciscan priest in 1934 andwas Bishop of Zacapa, Guatemala, from 1955 until 1980. He participated in the Second Vatican Council as a Council Father, during which time he met and became friends with Blessed Luigi Novarese, our Founder, and became a Silent Worker of the Cross. Through his own special devotion to the Blessed Mother, Bishop Luna pursued a special avocation for the sick and disabled. He was instrumental in introducing the Apostolate of Suffering to the United States and served as it’s spiritual leader until his death September 1, 1997. Every summer he journeyed to Mary Farm to be with and to assist this new group which began in 1984. His book, Memoirs of Bishop Luna, was originally written by him and completed, with his permission upon his death, by his friend Dr. Joseph Riley and published by the Apostolate of the Suffering’s Mary Farm Press. Orville R. Weyrich, Jr., wrote the following in his review of Bishop Luna’s Memoirs: “The 123 page book Memoirs of Bishop Luna is the inspiring account of the life of a truly dedicated missionary priest. It charts his life from his humble birth in the Italian Alps and childhood hardships during World War I, to his mission in China that was punctuated by World War II, to his mission in Guatemala serving the Mayan peasants, to his latter years working to improve the lot of people with disabilities as head of the Apostolate of the Suffering, and President of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima. Along the way he endured the tragic death of his father, near martyrdom, earthquakes, practiced exorcism, and became personal friends with Cardinal Luciani, later known as Pope John Paul I, and also with John Paul II who took great interest in the Apostolate to whom he gave his ‘personal protection.’” Copies of Bishop Luna’s Memoirs are available for $8.00, which includes postage. You may place your order to Mary Farm, 1915 Ware St., Palmer MA 01069-9560. Please make your $8.00 check payable to the Apostolate of the Suffering.

Published on 19 June 2017

 

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