Fr. Antonio Palladino (1881-1926)
a diocesan priest, Dominican Tertiary and founder of the Dominican Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
On Friday, December 10, Pope Benedict XVI received in audience Card. Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, and His Holiness authorized him to promulgate the Decree on the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Antonio Palladino, a Diocesan priest, a Dominican Tertiary and the Founder of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. This Decree grants the title of Venerable. Thus the process of documentation, research and study, which was started in 1978, came to an end.
The Venerable Antonio Palladino was born on the 10th of November 1881 in Cerignola (Foggia-Italy). When he finished his studies in the Diocesan seminary, in 1903, he obtained a degree in Sacred Theology at the Apollinare Institute of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. In 1905 he was ordained a priest.
After gaining some pastoral experience, on the 10th of April 1910, he was appointed the first parish priest of the parish of Saint Dominic, the ancient church that used to belong to the Friar Preachers, and which was annexed to the Dominican convent founded in 1501. He spent his last 16 years of his life carrying out an intense apostolate even outside his parish, and promoted many other activities. He founded 32 associations. In 1917 he joined the Dominican Third Order and took the name Bro Raymond. His joining the Order of Preachers marked a turning point in the life of Venerable Antonio Palladino. He founded the Dominican Third Order in his parish, which was well-known for the number of its members and for its ecclesial commitment both in the Church and in the Order.
Again in 1917, together with some Dominican Tertiaries of whom he was spiritual director, he started a new community of Dominican Sisters, and some of his spiritual daughters started to live a life in common. This was the first nucleus of a new religious family founded by Venerable Antonio Palladino, the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament that develops its mission in Italy and Brazil.
On the 15th of May 1926, when he was only 45 years of age, he returned to the Father’s home after suffering a long illness. He was buried in his Dominican habit, as he wanted. His tomb is well-kept in Cerignola (Foggia-Italy) in the chapel of the Association of Our Lady of Good Counsel that he founded.
Fr. Antonio Palladino, pray for us.
(From the Curia)