A new book will be available in May about the life of the Servant of God Padre Domenico Da Cese, the holy Capuchin, and former Rector of the Shrine of the Holy Face of Manoppello. Padre Domenico spent countless hours praying before the Holy Veil which miraculously bears the image of the Face of Jesus. Like his friend and fellow Capuchin St. Padre Pio the humble Padre Domenico was a mystic and stigmatist who had extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit.
(For more about St. Padre Pio’s last case of bilocation and Padre Domenico click here.)
As a nine-year-old boy in 1915, Padre Domenico predicted the devastating Avenzzano earthquake in Italy. A 6.7 earthquake hit that region the next morning, killing more than 30,000 people, including two of his sisters and burying him and his father in the rubble of their church. A man he didn’t know pulled him from the rubble to safety, whose face he later recognized on his first visit as a friar to the Shrine of the Holy Face in Manoppello. When Padre Domenico knelt before the “Il Volto Santo” or Face of Jesus, the miraculous veil, he exclaimed, “This is the man who saved me from the rubble!” He remained at the Shrine as Rector until the time of his death in 1978.
Padre Domenico is considered to be the first to make the connection between the Holy Face of Manoppello and the Face on the Shroud of Turin. He firmly believed both to be the burial cloths of Jesus, and the sudarium veil in particular, to be a sign of the Resurrection.
The book now printed in English, Servant of God, Padre Domenico Da Cese, O.F.M. Capuchin, An Illustrated Biography was written by Sr. Petra-Maria Steiner, who is well known by pilgrims to the Sanctuary Basilica of the Holy Face for her joyful devotion to the Holy Face, as well her encyclopedic knowledge of all that pertains to the holy relic and to the Servant of God, Padre Domenico.
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter will soon have this book about Padre Domenico’s incredible life available on their online bookstore: www.fraternitypublications.com