|Birth: ||May 8, 1894|
|Death: ||Nov. 12, 1985|
The Servant Of God, Abbot Ildebrando Gregori was born in Poggio Cinolfo, Commune of Cursoli, Province of L'Aquila, Italy, on May 8, 1894. At the early age of 12, on the recommendation on Cardinal Segna, a native of Poggio Cinolfo, Gregori was accepted within the Congregation of the Benedictine Silvestrine Monks. Alfredo Antonio Gregori began his Novitiate Year at Protocenobio di San Silvestro Abate at Monte Fano, near Fabriano on March 10, 1909, receiving his Habit and the Religious Name of Ildebrando. A year later, he made his Simple Profession and three years later his Solemn Vows.
Whilst studying Theology, he was ordered by the Government to serve within the Army during the Great War, being named as a Corporal during the course, whilst serving as Assistant to Reverend Pietro Ciriaci, Future Archbishop, Apostolic Nuncio and Cardinal of the Catholic Church.
Following the end of the War, he underwent further studies in Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and was ordained to the Priesthood at the age of 28, on October 29, 1922, inside the Basilica of the Ss. XII Apostoli. Successively, Dom Ildebrando was named as Formation Master and Director of the Novices of his Benedictine Congregation, an Office he held for twenty years, until his appointment as General Abbot.
A renowned Preacher and Spiritual Director to many, he was mainly involved within the Causes for the Beatifications of Madre Maria Pierina de Micheli of the Congregation of the Figlie dell'Immacolata Concezione di Buenos Aires, Madre Geltrude Billi, Co – Foundress of the Ancelle del S. Cuore di Città di Castello, and of Madre Laura Curlotta, Third Superior General of the Nuns of Ravasco.
The Abbot was a great devotee of the Most Holy Face of Jesus Christ and of Madre Maria Pierina de Micheli. During the Second World War, he opened his Monastery for refugees, orphans, emarginated and sick people, tendering them with paternal care and love. This Apostolate of his, led to the foundation of a Religious Congregation for Women, under the name of "Suore Benedettine Riparatrici del Santo Volto di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo", receiving the Pontifical Benediction on February 7, 1978. He furthermore founded another Religious Community, the "Deo Gratias", in Rome at Via della Conciliazione 15, where he resided until his demise, which occurred on November 12, 1985, at the venerable age of 91.
His venerated remains lie buried at Bassano Romano, inside the Choir of the Chapel of the Mother Generalate House of the Religious Congregation he founded. The Cause for his Beatification is in process.
Casa Madre e Generalizia dei Riparatrici
Provincia di Viterbo
Plot: Main Chapel Of The Mother House, Beneath The Chapel's Choir, In Bassano Romano, Viterbo.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Aug 15, 2008
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