Joe Yekulis, far right, of St. Mary Parish, Chelsea, joins international readers with Fr. Mario Carrera, center.
Thirty members of St. Mary Parish
of Chelsea traveled to Rome last month to support the canonization of St. Louis Guanella
, the Founder of the Servants of Charity.
Fr. William J. Turner of St. Mary Parish, Chelsea, greets Fr. General Alphonso Crippa, head of the Servants of Charity Congregation.
Members of the Guanellian family from Michigan and Pennsylvania traveled to Rome for the canonization on Oct. 23. Thirty-five members of the Guanellian family from Michigan attended, with the others hailing from the Lansing Diocese, according to a news release.
Of the 20,000 people who were at St. Peters Square that Sunday morning, 12,000 were from the Guanellian Family to honor their new saint, the release said.
Canonization events took place over a four-day weekend and included an outdoor evening concert at St. Joseph at Trionfale in Rome, a prayer vigil at St. Paul Outside the Walls, the canonization of St. Louis Guanella in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican and Thanksgiving Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
Pope Benedict at the Vatican.