Fr. Bucci and Giuseppe Lacerenza
Giuseppe Lacerenza was a student and close friend of Padre Bucci, OFM.

Join the little children of the Divine Will in praying for GIUSEPPE LACERENZA on his Day of Ordination to the Priesthood in Bari, Italy. The imposition of hands will be by Monsignor Leonardo D’Ascenzo (responsible for the Cause of Luisa) of the Archdiocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie-Nazareth, in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore.

Giuseppe Lacerenza was a student and close friend of Padre Bucci, OFM.

“I collaborated with Father Bernardino from 2007 to 2016 in the creation of books about Luisa Piccarreta and the spirituality of the Divine Will.  We also made video interviews with people who met Luisa Piccarreta to collect their testimony. I have accompanied Father Bernardino to the USA twice:  in 2008 in Maryland and in 2011 in Georgia. I am part of the Società San Paolo (Society of Saint Paul), a religious institute founded by Blessed Giacomo Alberione in 1914, with the mission of bringing the Gospel with all the means of social communication (press, radio, television, cinema, discography, digital environment …).”

We pray for Giuseppe in the Name of Jesus, Great High Priest, Under the Mantle of Mary, Queen of the Clergy, and through the Intercession of St. Annibale Maria di Francia, the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Padre Bucci, OFM and all Holy Angels and Saints.

6/15 Today is Padre Bucci’s Birthday!


Fr. Bucci sent a Birthday prayer in 2020: “God Bless us all!”

Biographical notes

Father Bernardino Giuseppe Bucci was born in Corato, on June 15, 1935. In 1955, he entered the Holy Novitiate of the Capuchin Friars of Alessano, in the province of Lecce, and completed his philosophical studies in the city of Scorrano. On March 14, 1964, in the Capuchin Church of Triggiano, he was ordained a priest by His Excellency Mgr Nicodemo, Archbishop of Bari.  He was sent to Rome to the International College to specialize in Missionary Theology. When he returned, he was assigned to the Convent of Scorrano, as spiritual Father of the Seraphic Seminary.  He attended the Licentiate and Doctorate Course at the Ecumenical Faculty of St. Nicholas in Bari; at the same time, in 1972, he qualified in literatures.

Father Bernardino  was the nephew of Rosaria Bucci (1898-1978) who was a disciple of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. He collaborated with Sister Assunta Marigliano in the birth of the Association in Corato and for many years he was its Spiritual Assistant.  He strongly promoted the opening of the Diocesan Inquiry into the life, virtue and reputation for holiness of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta (1994-2005) and became a member of the Tribunal as Promoter of the Faith. He always kept alive the memory of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta and her writings.

6/14 The more the soul strips herself of herself, the more Jesus clothes her with Himself.

Book of Heaven
6/14/17 – Vol. 12

Continuing in my usual state, I was praying my lovable Jesus to come in me, to love, pray and repair, because I knew how to do nothing. And sweet Jesus, moved to compassion for my nothingness, came and spent some time with me, praying, loving and repairing together with me. Then He said to me: “My daughter, the more the soul strips herself of herself, the more I clothe her with Myself. The more she believes she can do nothing, the more I act in her, and I do everything. I feel all my Love, my prayers, my reparations, etc. being placed in action by the creature; and to give honor to Myself, I listen to what she wants to do. Does she want to love? I go to her and love together with her. Does she want to pray? I pray together with her. In sum, her stripping and her love, which is Mine, bind Me and force Me to do with her whatever she wants to do. And I give to the soul the merit of my own Love, of my prayers and reparations. To my highest contentment, I feel my Life being repeated; and I make the effects of my work descend for the good of all, because it is not of the creature, who is hidden in Me – but it is Mine.”

6/13 Feast Day of St. Anthony of Pauda

P_Sister St Anthony
A Sister from one of St. Di Francia’s religious Institutions
in Prayer before Statue of St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony of Padua is a Doctor of the Church known for his miracles and being one of the greatest preachers of all times.  He is known as the “Hammer of the Heretics,” “Living Ark of the Covenant,” and “Wonder Worker.”  He is Patron of the Poor.  In art he is depicted holding the Christ Child.  He is widely invoked for the return of lost articles.

St. Anthony of Padua also assisted St. Annibale Di Francia in his life’s mission:   “Even though there was no center of those devoted to St. Anthony in those days, aid for the orphans and the poor were increasing, owing to the devotion to St. Anthony’s bread, to the press, to the alms boxes, and to the devotion to the saint in the church of the Annunciation.  Hence the padre felt inspired to make St. Anthony the special patron of this orphanages.  Our founder was urged to do so by his helper Fr. Bernardo of the Friars Minor.” (Rogationists)

It seems no accident that this great Saint was placed in charge of and protection of St. Annibale Di Francia’s Orphanages and Religious Institutions.  Luisa also lived 10 years in the Orphanage of St. Anthony in Corato. These two saints are also important to Luisa’s cause because of the necessity of St. Di Francia as “an anticipator and precursor of the modern pastoral care of vocations” (St. Pope John Paul II) and St. Anthony’s help to return man’s greatest loss—that of the Holy Divine Will.


6/13 Apparition of June 13, 1917

In Portugal the 13th of June is a great feast, the feast of St. Anthony of Lisbon, known to most Catholics as St. Anthony of Padua. This Franciscan miracle-worker was born in Lisbon and had entered religious life as a Canon Regular of the Holy Cross, residing first in Lisbon and then Coimbra,  before leaving the Portuguese order for the new Order of Friars Minor and a hope of martyrdom. It was, and is, THE children’s feast in Portugal, so the parents of Lucia naturally thought that the festivities at the parish church in Fátima would distract her from the appointment at the Cova. However, undismayed by this tactic Lucia and the Marto children proceeded to the apparition site to keep their noon day rendezvous.

When they arrived they found a small crowd awaiting them. 

After having said the rosary with Jacinta and Francisco and other people who were present, we saw again the reflection of light nearing us, (we used to say it was lightening), and following, Our Lady on the holm oak as in May.

“Please tell me, Madam, what it is that you want of me?”

I want you to come here on the thirteenth of next month. I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day. And after each one of the mysteries, my children, I want you to pray in this way: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins , save us from the fire of hell. Take all souls to heaven, especially those who are most in need. I want you to learn to read and write, and later I will tell you what else I want of you.

“Will you take us to heaven?”

Yes, I shall take Jacinta and Francisco soon, but you will remain a little longer, since Jesus wishes you to make me known and loved on earth. He wishes also for you to establish devotion in the world to my Immaculate Heart.

“Must I remain in the world alone?”

Not alone, my child, and you must not be sad. I will be with you always, and my Immaculate Heart will be your comfort and the way which will lead you to God.

The moment she said the last words, opening her hands, She transmitted to us, for the second time, the reflection of that intense light. In it we felt we were submerged in God. Jacinta and Francisco seemed to be in that part of the light which was rising to Heaven, and I in the part spreading over the earth. In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was a heart encircled with thorns which appeared to pierce it. We understood it was the Immaculate Heart of Mary offended by the sins of mankind, craving reparation.

The apparition then concluded as on the first occasion, with the Lady going off toward the east and disappearing in the “immensity of heaven.”

Despite the joy of those precious moments the sorrows of the children continued in the following weeks, moderated by the belief of very many at the Cova that day. They knew that something unusual had occurred – they saw the “lightening,” some perceived a certain dimming of the sun, others a little gray cloud that came and went as the apparition did and they believed. However, the difficulties with their families did not abate, especially with their mothers, who became genuinely alarmed that the events were not just continuing but expanding. To this was added the painful caution of the parish priest, that after all it might be real but of demonic origin.


S_Aloysius Gonzaga1

Feast Day June 21st

JUNE 12 – 21

V. In the Name (✠) of the Father…

R. Amen. 

Prayer to Saint A. Gonzaga V. Saint Aloysius, adorned with angelic virtues,

R. I, thy most unworthy client, * commend to thee most earnestly * the chastity of my mind and body. 

V. I beseech thee, for the sake of thine angelic purity,

R. To commend me to the immaculate Lamb, * Christ Jesus (), * and to His most holy Mother, * the Virgin of virgins; * and to protect me from every grievous sin.

V. O most tender and gracious saint,

R. Permit me not to defile myself by any spot of impurity; * nay, when thou seest me in temptation * or in the danger of sin, * banish far from my heart * every unclean thought and desire.

V. Awaken in me the thought of eternity and of Jesus (☨) crucified;

R. imprint deeply in my heart * a lively sense of the holy fear of God; * set me on fire with the love of God; * grant me the grace to imitate thee on earth * that I may worthily enjoy the possession of God * in heaven with thee. * Amen.

Marian Prayer of Saint A. Gonzaga

V. O Holy Mary, my Mother,

R. Into thy blessed trust and custody, * and into the care of thy mercy * I this day, every day, * and in the hour of my death, * commend my soul and my body. * To thee I commit all my anxieties and miseries, my life and the end of my life, * that by thy most holy intercession * and by thy merits * all my actions may be directed and disposed * according to thy will * and that of thy Son. Amen.

Novena Prayer V.

O most innocent and pure St Aloysius Gonzaga, by thy illustrious merits we beseech thy gracious intercession before the throne of Almighty God, that He may grant us:

(Pause and state your intentions)

V. If it be for the greater glory of God and our sanctification.

R.  Amen. 

V. Let us pray. O God, the Giver of all heavenly gifts, who in the angelic youth, Aloysius, didst join wondrous innocence with equal penance: be entreated by his merits and his prayers and grant unto us who have not followed him in his innocence the grace to imitate him in his penance. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R.  Amen. 

V. In the Name (✠) of the Father…

R. Amen

6/12 Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary In the Kingdom of the Divine Will

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to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Most Holy Divine Will

Book of Heaven; Volume 34 – April 21, 1936

“Blessed daughter of my Volition, you have reason, the waves of my Volition inundate you, drown you and your little capacity remains lost and needs your Jesus in order to better explain that which you see, but don’t know how to say.  Now know my daughter, our love is such and so much for one who wants to live and lives in our Divine Volition that we want to make them participant with all our works, for as much as (a) creature it is possible, also giving her the merit of our divine works.  As the creature enters in our Will, He calls in act his Divine work as if in that instant the same (was) operating, and uniting her in his act, he makes her see the prodigies of his work, and receives and confirms her in the good, making her feel the new life of his act; you have seen the conception of the Sovereign Queen, and how you being in my Will, you have found yourself conceived in her Maternal Heart, you see the great difference for who lives in my Volition, the prodigies of the Immaculate Conception were unheard of.  My Will that animated this conception, which no one can escape from, called present all creatures, so that they might remain conceived in her virgin Heart, and might receive her maternity, her help, her defense, they might find the refuge, the support in this Celestial Mother.

Volume 19; June 26, 1926
Jesus:  “She (Blessed Mother) let not one act escape Her that creatures Owed their Creator; and enclosing all in Her Maternal Heart, She Loved all and each one in a Universal Way.  So, in Her We Found All Our Glory – She denied nothing to Us; She gave Us not only that which She was supposed to Give Us Directly, but also that which the other creatures denied to Us.  And to Act as a Magnanimous and Most Loving Mother, Who Pours Her Own Self Out For Her children, She Generated everyone in Her Sorrowful Heart.