An Initiative to Present the Cause For Fr. Angelo D’Agostino, SJ, MD, to the Vatican
In February 2015, Admiral Marcello De Donno (Chair, Nyumbani Italy) and Adriana DePero (Vice Chair, Nyumbani Italy) sent a letter to Sr. Mary and Joe D’Agostino (brother to Father D’Agostino). In this letter, Marcello remarked that they had come to the conclusion that the life and work of Father D’Ag, founder of Nyumbani, should be documented and be brought before the Vatican authorities in order to request the opening of the process of canonization – where Father D’Ag would be recognized as a saint.
First Actions Undertaken
Marcello De Donno has spearheaded efforts to move the initiative along, starting with meeting with key people such as:
- an Attorney with experience in presenting Causes for Canonization
- Rev. Marc Lindeijer, SJ, Postulator General handling the Causes of Jesuits in Rome, who welcomed Marcello to the Jesuit Generalate in Rome and encouraged them to pursue Fr. Angelo’s Cause. They organized together a Mass at the Generalate House on November 20 in memory of the passing of Fr. D’Agostino.
- Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar of the Diocese of Rome, was presented with a Prayer asking God that Fr. D’Agostino promoted as a “Servant of God”. The Cardinal approved of the prayer in Italian and in every language into which it is translated.
- Rev. Joseph Afulo, SJ, Provincial of the Jesuit Province of East Africa, who pledged his support.
- Cardinal John Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi whose permission was granted for the opening of the preliminary process.
Efforts undertaken in the United States
Marcello sent an announcement of his intention to honor Fr. D’Agostino to all of the Nyumbani International Boards. They are: Kenya, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, and Spain.
In the USA, the Nyumbani USA Board appointed Michael Litzelman as Chair of the “Friends of Fr. D’Agostino Society”. This committee is made up of Board and non-Board members. Today the committee numbers more than twenty. New members may volunteer by sending their name to M. Litzelman at: [email protected].
Next steps and how you can help
Marcello and Adriana have applied for and have registered a non-profit in Rome as the “Associazione Amici di Padre Angelo D’Agostino” (“Association of Friends of Father Angelo D’Agostino”). This will be the acting “petitioner” in all transactions with the Vatican. They have a website ““United for the canonization of Father Angelo D’Agostino”. Everybody is invited to visit this website, as well as .“and a dedicated Facebook page
Marcello has requested that all friends and relatives of Fr. Dag who are so inclined should consider writing a Witness Testimony describing how they met Fr. Dag and how they feel he has the requisite qualifications for being honored by the Catholic Church.
There is a set of guidelines to assist anyone wishing to prepare a Witness Testimony Document. Requests for copies of guidelines from the Vatican may be obtained from Michael Litzelman at the email address above.
Completed documents are to be sent to M. Litzelman at that same email address. All documents must be signed by a Parish priest or by a Notary. They must have contact numbers for the writer and be dated.
What does the Future hold?
At this point, no one can be certain how fast or slow this process will take place. Given the history of the last 2,000 years, Saints have been Canonized after hundreds of years and Saints have been proclaimed in a couple of years.
As Marcello De Donno and the Committees continue to progress the initiative, follow the dedicated Facebook page and Board websites for updates!
We encourage everyone reading this to continue to pray for the happy completion of the Cause in the Vatican for Fr. D’Agostino.
If anyone wishes to have a Memorial Card and Prayer that has been approved for Fr. D’Agostino, please email your name and address to Michael Litzelman at the email address above. He will see to it that you receive the cards you request.