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TradCatKnight: The “new evangelization” in Italy — the Sunday night pub in the sacristy of Trent’s Cathedral

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 15:03
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The “new evangelization” in Italy — the Sunday night pub in the sacristy of Trent’s Cathedral

The “new evangelization” in Italy — the Sunday night pub in the sacristy of Trent’s Cathedral 

Mixing the Sacred and the Profane?

[What they were consuming was stronger than altar wine]

Everyone has heard about the new crop of priests coming through the ranks. Those that are conservative in their tastes of ‘fashion’ as Francis would say. Well, this post isn’t about them, instead it’s about their brethren clowns, two in particular — don Mauro Leonardelli and don Ronaldo Covi.

On the last Sunday evening of the month after the 7:00 PM Novus Ordo mess, the two clowns turn the sacristy of the Cathedral of Saint Vigilius in Trent into a pub. Don Mauro (34 years old) and don Ronaldo (37) are in charge of Campus Ministry at the local university (Pastorale Universitaria Torino) and thought this would be a good idea to bring people to the Novus Ordo religion. Don Mauro tells it best,

“The goal is to create a moment of contact between students that goes beyond traditional events, at 7 o’clock we celebrate the Mass which is open to everyone, but with a specific dedication to the university and then [afterwards] we move students into the sacristy where the entrance is free.”

Homemade hors d’œuvres and snacks are brought by the participants and a professional bartender whips up an alcoholic drink of the night. For February’s Sunday the theme was winter drink — New Moskow Mules consisting of vodka, ginger beer, cranberry juice, and various trimmings were served. Hundreds of students showed up and mixed in the sacristy. One thing was missing from this unique pub — music — as don Mauro explains,

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