A Plenary Indulgence may be acquired by members, with the conditions of confession, communion and prayers for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, provided that they make or renew, at least privately, the promise of faithfully observing the statutes at the following times:
- 18 August: the feast of St. Helen,
- 21 August: the feast of St. Pius X,
- 14 September, the feast of The Triumph of the Holy Cross, , and
- Sunday following 25th. October: The Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Palestine.
Other Order Feast Days:
- 2 February. Blessed Andrea Cardinal Ferrari, Archbishop of Milan (1894 – 1921),
- 7 February Blessed Pius 1X,
- 30 August Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Cardinal Schuster, Archbishop of Milan, and
- 6 October. Blessed Bartolo Longo, Grand Officer.
Blessed Andrea Cardinal Ferrari
Archbishop of Milan (1894 – 1921), feast day 2 February (Pope John Paul II described him as having a strong faith and a man of enlightened zeal), inspired by the ideal of Christ as the Good Shepherd. He went on to say that the basis of his sanctity rested on his interior life, founded on deep theological conviction, filled with a devout and filial devotion to the Virgin Mary, and concentrated on the image of Christ in the Eucharist and on the Cross. He was filled with a constant goodwill towards all men, a profound concern for the welfare of the poor and a heroic patience while suffering great pain. He died an excruciating death of throat cancer which suffocated him. In his suffering, amongst his last words were those written in his diary: “Let God`s will always be done in everything". He took as his middle name "Carlo" or Charles after St Charles Borromeo, (one of his predecessors in Milan) who inspired him greatly.
Blessed Pius IX
feast day 7 February. Through his whole life he was very devout to the Blessed Virgin. On 8 December 1854, in the presence of more than 200 bishops, he proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin as a dogma of the Church. He also fostered the devotion to the Sacred Heart, and on 23 Sept., 1856, extended this feast to the whole world with the rite of a double major. At his instance the Catholic world was consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 16 June, 1875. He also promoted the inner life of the Church by many important liturgical regulations, by various monastic reforms, and especially by an unprecedented number of beatifications and canonizations.
Blessed Bartolo Longo
Grand Officer, feast day 6 October. Bartolo was born in Latiano (Brindisi) on February the 10th, 1841. His parents were well-to-do, which would enable him to receive a fine education. As they were devout Catholics, most especially his mother, he and his siblings grew up with a deep love for Mary.
During his studies, he joined a sect and was ordained as a priest of Satan. He publicly ridiculed Christianity and did all in his power to subvert Catholic influence. A good friend, Vincent Pede, eventually showed Bartolo the gentleness of Christ and arranged for him to meet a saintly Dominican priest, Alberto Radente. The Dominican had a deep, personal devotion to Mary and fostered the devotion of the rosary.
When Bartolo Longo was baptized, he chose the second name, Maria, to be his baptismal name. He saw Mary as a 'Refuge of Sinners' and attributed his miraculous conversion to her. One evening, as he walked near the ruined rat- and lizard-infested chapel at Pompeii, he had a profound mystical experience. He wrote:
As I pondered over my condition, I experienced a deep sense of despair and almost committed suicide. Then I heard an echo in my ear of the voice of Friar Alberto repeating the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary: "If you seek salvation, promulgate the Rosary. This is Mary's own promise." These words illumined my soul. I went on my knees. "If it is true ... I will not leave this valley until I have propagated your Rosary."
Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Cardinal Schuster
Grand Officer. Archbishop of Milan feast day 30 August. Born in Rome of Bavarian parents on 18 January 1880 and was baptized Alfredo Ludovico Luigi. , he entered the Benedictine monastery of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls when he was 11, taking the name of Ildefonso, and was ordained a priest in 1904. He served his own community in various offices until he was elected abbot in 1918. He taught at several pontifical institutes, served as consultor to the Sacred Congregation of Rites, and held other high offices. Pope Pius XI appointed him Archbishop of Milan in 1929, consecrated him and created him a Cardinal.
Bl. Afredo gave priority to catechesis and promoted the role of the laity in the parish and in Catholic Action. He denounced Fascism and its racist ideology. He championed the cause of the poor during World War II, founded the Institute of Ambrosian Chant and Sacred Music and the Ambrosianeum and Didascaleion cultural centres. Above all, he proposed holiness as a goal for all, and the only means to human A few days before he died, he withdrew to Venegono Seminary. His last, moving words were to the seminarians:
“You want something to remember me by. All I can leave you is an invitation to holiness...”. He was beatified on 12 May 1996.
Saint Pope Pius X
Grand Master, feast day 21 August.
The future Pope Pius X was born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto at Riese, near Venice, on 2 June 1835. He was the second of 10 children in a poor family, his father being the village postman. On 18 September 1858, Giuseppe Sarto was ordained priest and became curate at Tombolo. While there, the young priest deepened his knowledge of theology while carrying out most of the functions of his parish pastor, who was quite ill. In 1867, he was named Archpriest of Salzano. He became popular with his people when he worked to help the sick during a cholera plague that swept northern Italy in the early 1870s. 1884 he was made Bishop of Mantua.
In 1893 Pope Leo XIII made him a cardinal and he was named as Patriarch of Venice. This caused difficulty, however, as the government of the reunified Italy claimed the right to nominate the Patriarch based on a privilege formerly exercised by the Emperor of Austria. Sarto was finally allowed to assume the position of Patriarch in 1894.