14 September 2013
On the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross
ICCRS marked the twentieth anniversary of its recognition by the Holy See on Saturday, September 14, 2013.
The celebration began with Mass in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, celebrated by H. E. Rev. Card. Joseph Cordes, followed by a reception in the Pius XI hall of San Callistus Palace.
Michelle Moran, President of ICCRS, and the Director, Oreste Pesare, together with other important figures in the history of ICCRS, were present at the celebration. They delivered brief testimonies and prayers of thanksgiving for such a significant commemoration: H. E. Rev. Card. Joseph Cordes (former Episcopal Adviser of ICCRS), Charles Whitehead (former President of ICCRS), Sr Nancy Kellar (former Director of ICCRS) and Matteo Calisi (former Vice-president of ICCRS). Others, however, took part in a spiritual way, conveying by various means their good wishes and promises of prayers for the mission of ICCRS.
Around 150 people were present to celebrate the work of ICCRS during this 20 years which, as the Statutes say, focuses on the “service and promotion of the CCR all over the world, under the Holy Spirit’s action, in close contact with the Holy See” (art. 1).
Among those present were also Vatican members, former and current members of the ICCRS staff, members of the Catholic Fraternity, members of Charismatic Italian communities, the participants of the V Leadership Formation Institute, volunteers, and friends of ICCRS.