Sunday, February 19, 2017

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Region’s OFS Saint?

Brothers and sisters, greetings and great peace always….

     Minister Ray Porzio OFS of St. Marianne Cope Fraternity located in Syracuse, informed me that the Servant of God, Brother Joseph Dutton OSF whose cause for sainthood was opened in 2015 by Bishop Silva of Honolulu was a member of their Fraternity in Syracuse.  (Born in Vermont) He was a Civil War veteran who later in his life became a Catholic and a penitent.  He worked alongside Saints Father Damien and Mother Marianne Cope.  Although he never left Kalaupapa or Molokai (after arriving there to help), Mother Marianne arranged for him to become a Secular Franciscan in the Syracuse Fraternity.

     That Syracuse Fraternity is so very blessed with a Saint (Mother Marianne Cope) and now the Servant of God Joseph Dutton OSF.

     Let us shower Heaven with our prayers so the title of “Saint” will be accorded to our brother Secular Franciscan Joseph Dutton.    
      Great peace and abundant blessings to all,

Al Picogna, OFS, Regional Minister

Pax et bonum