Solemn Vespers in St Peter’s Cathedral Belfast on Sunday 15th January 2023 at 5 pm
Crowned Plaza Hotel Belfast on Tuesday 15th January 2023 at 3 pm
I think my invitation got lost in the postal strike 😕
FAMOUS NEW YORK PRIEST LEAVES $ 7 MILLION AND A SON.
A New York City priest infamous for being the devoted brother of a Mafia boss left behind two surprises when he died earlier this year: a $7 million fortune and a grown son. Even more remarkable: The Rev. Louis Gigante lived with his son Gino and the boy’s mother in the suburbs and would put on his Roman collar each morning to head to work in the parish, The New York Times reported. We had a quiet life,” Gino Gigante, 32, told the paper. “He was proud of me. We did everything together.” Gigante, who ran a development company in the Bronx, bequeathed his estate to Gino, which is how the existence of his son was revealed.
I think that a priest leaving 7 million in a will is a scandal – unless he has left the same or similar sum to those in need.
I know that secular priests have no vow of poverty – and Jesus never said it was a sin to be rich.
But Jesus insisted that the rich share with the poor.
And I hope Fr Gigante shared a lot with the poor?
And then there is the fact that he fathered a son.
I wonder, did Gigante play fast and lose with all the rules?
Was he like some other priests who think that he does have to practice what he preaches?
His closeness to the Mafia is also concerning.
I wonder if Gigante plyed his bishop’s hands with brown envelopes?