Fr. Stefano Gobbi
(March 22, 1930 – June 29, 2011)
Fr. Gobbi died in Milan, Italy at 3:00 PM (local Italian time) on June 29, 2011,
the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. He had been hospitalized since June 19
after suffering a heart attack.
All of the national and regional directors of the MMP were gathered for their
annual spiritual exercises at the Shrine of Merciful Love in Collevalenza, Italy
from June 26 – July 2. Fr. Gobbi’s body was taken from Milan to Collevalenza on
June 30, where a Mass was presided by Cardinal Ivan Dias.
That same day, his remains were returned to Dongo, Como, Italy (his birthplace)
where the funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, July 2, the Feast of the
Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Marian Movement of Priests
My Spiritual Testament
Milan, January 1, 2011
First Saturday of the month and year
I accept death however and whenever the Lord desires,
renewing in the Immaculate Heart of Mary my “Yes” to the Divine Will.
I leave as my spiritual
testament everything that is written in the book, "To the Priests, Our Lady's
Beloved Sons,” and I attest that the messages contained therein were received by
me under the form of interior locutions.
In a spirit of thanksgiving to
Our Lord and to Our Lady, I ask that, after my funeral Mass, the Magnificat be
sung by all.
I ask for a very simple
funeral. In lieu of flowers, I request that works of charity be done.
I desire to be buried in Dongo, in the Shrine of Our Lady of Tears, at
the foot of the Altar of the Crucifix. If that is not readily available, then I
ask for a temporary burial in the Chapel of the Clergy in the cemetery in Dongo.
As I have consecrated every
moment of my life, in the same way I consecrate to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
the moment of my passing from earth to Heaven and from time to eternity.
I thank everyone for all the
good that I have received. I ask pardon if I have involuntarily offended
To all members of the Marian
Movement of Priests and of the Marian Movement, I promise my special protection
and a particular help from Heaven where I hope to enter
through the mercy of the Lord and with the help of your prayer.
I bid you goodbye, as I look
forward to meeting you under the glorious mantle of the Queen of All Saints,
and I bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Father Stefano Gobbi, priest
|"In order to give the suffering and
crucified Church of your time my motherly help and a safe refuge, I have
brought the Marian Movement of Priests into being and have spread it through
every part of the world by means of my book, which traces out for you the
road along which you must journey in order to spread my light. With this
book, I teach you to live the consecration to my Immaculate Heart with the
simplicity of children, in a spirit of humility, of poverty, of trust and of
(Message 604, December 31, 1997)
It is the Work that Our Lady is carrying out . . .
the message of Fatima to its fulfillment for a spiritual renewal of the
Church and all humanity
||"I have caused to
spring up here, for twenty-five years now, my Marian Movement of Priests, so
that the message of Fatima, often contested and rejected by many, might in
your days come to its complete fulfillment." (594l)
The Fatima message's fulfillment is necessary for you, my children,
threatened and stricken, so that you may attain salvation. Its fulfillment is
necessary for the Church, so wounded and crucified, so that from its painful
and bloody trial it might emerge all beautiful, without spot or wrinkle, in
imitation of its heavenly Mother. Its fulfillment is necessary for all
humanity, so that it may return to the arms of its Father and come to know
the new times of its full communion of love and of life with its Lord and
||…to form her
||It is my work,
which I myself am now carrying out, in order to gather from all sides the
little remnant which will remain faithful to Jesus and to his Gospel, to the
Pope and to the Church united with him.
"If indeed his return is close at hand, then my motherly action becomes more
concerned and vigorous, in order to assist all my children to remain ever in
the truth of the faith. This is why I have asked you to consecrate yourselves
to my Immaculate Heart. This is why, in these times of yours, I have spread
everywhere my Marian Movement of Priests: to form the little flock, reunited
in the prayer of the cenacles and watchful in expectation - the flock
gathered together and formed by me to ever preserve the true faith.
Thus, when the Son of Man returns, He will still find
the faith on earth in all those who will have consecrated themselves to me,
allowing themselves to be gathered together in the heavenly garden of my
(420ij, March 13, 1990)
||It is my work,
which I am carrying out in every part of the world in order to conquer Satan,
in the great battle against all the wicked spirits, because in the end my
Immaculate Heart will triumph.
the truth and to bring us to a greater unity with the Pope and the Church
united to him
||It is my work,
which I am accomplishing to spread the truth in these times of great
apostasy, to bring you to greater unity with the Pope in these days of
division and of widespread rebellion, to lead you along the way of grace and
holiness amidst the general spread of sin and impurity.
(Message 497ehi, "My Work", June 19,
The above are excerpts from the book, "To the Priests, Our
Lady's Beloved Sons", which contains "interior locutions", messages which Fr.
Gobbi began receiving from the Blessed Mother in 1973.
The book is the instrument chosen by Our Lady to carry her voice to the hearts
and souls of her beloved children, a guide for helping them to live the
consecration to her Immaculate Heart. In these messages, she manifests her
maternal plan to lead all souls back to Jesus.
It [the book] has been the instrument for carrying to the hearts and souls of
beloved children the voice of the heavenly Mother, the manifestation of my
my invitation to receive you all within the refuge of my Immaculate Heart. (…)
What do I say in this book of mine? (…)
I tell you the things which I have most on my Heart, because they are the very
Jesus has told you in the Gospel, which today should be lived with the
simplicity of little
ones, with the ardor of martyrs, and with the fidelity of courageous witnesses:
it should be
lived to the letter!
Accordingly I am calling you to prayer, to penitence, to mortification, to the
virtue, to trust, to hope, to the exercise of an ever more perfect charity.
…My only concern is that you live everything I have told you. Then your hearts will be inflamed with love, your souls will be illumined by my light, and I will
transform you interiorly to lead you to do each day what pleases the Heart of Jesus.
If you are consecrated to me, I take you just as you are, with your limitations,
your defects and sins, your frailty, but then each day I transform you to bring you
to be in accordance with the plan which God has entrusted to my Immaculate Heart.
(Message 282, "My Book", January 21, 1984)
What does she ask of us?
(1) Consecration to her Immaculate Heart
(2) Cenacles of Prayer
In this book, she tells us that "her times have arrived." She is
announcing to her priests and faithful the coming of a new era of grace and
holiness for the Church and the world, and as a preparation, she is asking that
the whole Church consecrate themselves to her Immaculate Heart and gather in
cenacles of prayer with her.
to her Immaculate Heart
Marian Movement of Priests] is the message of Fatima which is reaching its
fulfillment and is being realized everywhere, through the merciful action
of your heavenly Mother. Through it I have asked for the consecration to my
Immaculate Heart, as a sure means of obtaining conversion of heart and of
life, and of leading humanity back along the road of its full return to the
|"It [the Marian Movement of
Priests] is the message of Fatima which is being fulfilled in the spread, now
on a world-wide level, of the cenacles which I have asked of you, in order to
gather you together in prayer, made with me and through me. With great joy I
accept today from your hands, my little son, the homage which you are
offering to me in these cenacles, which are being multiplied everywhere,
among priests and faithful, among children, youth and above all in families.
With these cenacles, you are able to obtain
the grace of conversion for many poor sinners, especially for those most in
need of divine mercy.
With these cenacles, you offer a great
force of intercession and of reparation to your heavenly Mother, who has
intervened many times, in an extraordinary way, to shorten the painful time
of the great purifying trial.
With these cenacles, you invoke the gift
of the second Pentecost, which is now close at hand, because my Immaculate
Heart has become the new spiritual cenacle, where this divine prodigy for the
Church and all humanity will be accomplished." (*594f-i)
(*Message 594 was received
on May 8, 1997, in Fatima, Portugal on the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the
Birth of the Marian Movement of Priests)