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COMMUNITY: Living His Communion Together

Father Aloysius Schwartz

In 2003, the Archdiocese of Manila, Philippines, formally opened the cause for canonization of Reverend Monsignor Aloysius Schwartz. "Father Al", as he was affectionately known, was born in Washington, D.C., on September 30, 1930. He attended Holy Name School and celebrated several of his sacraments here in Holy Name Church. He was declared Venerable by Pope Francis on January 23, 2015, in recognition of his life of heroic virtue.

On June 7, 2015, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving here at Holy Name Church. See photo gallery here.

As we pray for the beatification of Fr. Al and in turn ask for a miracle, keep in mind the connection he has to our parish. Look at the great things God did through him! If we were to be such good and humble servants; what great works could God do through us?

Journal from Mass in Philippines

Father Al's sister, Dolores (Schwartz) Vita attended the Mass in the Philippines when Father Al was declared Venerable. Read her wonderful journal of the event here!

Father Al's Biography

Aloysius was the third of eight children and heard the call to the priesthood at a young age. In 1944, he entered St. Charles Seminary in Maryland, finished his B.A. Degree at Maryknoll College and studied his theology at Louvain Catholic University in Belgium. He used to spend his vacation helping at the rag-pickers' camps for the outcasts of the French society. Visiting Banneux, where the Virgin of the Poor appeared, he was more inspired to dedicate his priesthood to the service of the poor in fulfillment of Mary's message.

He was ordained a diocesan priest on June 29, 1957 and was assigned in Busan, South Korea on December 8, 1957. He founded the Religious Congregation of the Sisters of Mary to serve the poorest of the poor on August 15, 1964 and the Brothers of Christ on May 10, 1981. He established Boystowns and Girlstowns to take care, educate, and give a bright future to orphans, the abandoned and children coming from very poor families. He also built hospitals and sanatoriums for very indigent patients; hospices for the homeless, handicapped elderly men, children with special needs and single mothers. He was also involved in pro-life activities.

In 1985, he started new work in the Philippines. In 1989, he was diagnosed with a terminal illness, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which he accepted with joy and serenity as a gift from God. In spite of his deteriorating health, he also established a Boystown and Girlstown in Mexico in 1990.

With humility, courage and unwavering faith, he suffered and accepted humiliations, criticisms, trials, pains, and difficuties, just to be able to serve and love God through the poor. His illness made him immobile but still even in a wheelchair, he continued to fulfill his duties with joy. He spent hours before the Blessed Sacrament, praying the rosary, hearing confessions, and heroically preaching in words and examples, the virtues of truth, justice, chastity, charity and humility. His love for God and the poor consumed him. He not only helped the poor, but he also lived poor.

On March 16, 1992, he breathed his last at the Girlstown in Manila and he was buried at the Boystown in Cavite, Philippines.

The Sisters of Mary and the Brothers of Christ continue to live his charism of serving gratuitously tens of thousands of the poorest of the poor in Korea, Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala and Brazil.

-Biography from Canonization Prayer Card, Archdiocese of Manila

Visit the Parish Photo Galleries page for more images of Father Al, and Father Michael's visit to the Sisters of Mary Girlstown in Mexico.

Read July 2015 Washington Post article about Father Al here.


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Prayer for Canonization

Almighty, ever-living God, giver of all good gifts, you have filled Father Al with an ardent love for You and for souls. You have inspired him to dedicate his life to relieve the suffering of the orphans, abandoned, the sick and the poor, especially the youth, which he did with all humility and courage until the end of his life. May his holy life of love and service to the poor be recognized by the Church for our glory and be my inspiration to strive for perfection in the love of God and service to others. Bestow on me, through his intercession the (mention the favor you ask for). I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son and the maternal aid of Mary, the Virgin of the Poor. Amen. Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory Be.

-For favors granted, kindly write to: 1000 Cordillera St., Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Manila, Philippines


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Prayer for Healing through Father Al Schwartz

O Father, I ask for Your healing of my body, mind, soul and spirit. I do so through the prayers and intercession of the Venerable Father Al. I ask You, O Father, to lift high my illness and to bring healing, renewal and greater faith and joy. I beseech You, O Father, to hear my prayers and to sustain healing. I do so in the name of the Venerable Father Al and in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
-Father Michael Briese


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