Convocation of the Consistory

Osservatore Romano, 2nd January 1999

Saturday, 9th January 1999, at 11.30 a.m., in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Vatican Palace, there will be held, during the celebration of the Hour of Sext of the Office, the Ordinary Public Consistory, dealing with the canonization of the Blessed:

  • MARCELLIN JOSEPH BENEDICT CHAMPAGNAT, priest of the Society of Mary, Founder of the Institute of the Little Brothers of Mary (Marist Brothers of the Schools;
  • JOHN CALABRIA, priest, Founder of the two Congregations, male and female, of the Poor Servants of Divine Providence;
  • AGUSTINA LIVIA PIETRANTONI, Sister of the Institute of the Sisters of Charity.

Their Lordships the Cardinals and Patriarchs, Archbishops and Bishops, and all others who have been invited, are requested to meet at 11 a.m. in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, wearing their proper choir Habit.

Vatican City 28th December 1998
By command of the Holy Father
+PIERO MARINI, Titular Bishop of Martirano
Master of the Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations.

NOTE on Consistories, from the Code of Canon Law, Canon 353

1. Cardinals assist the Supreme Pastor of the Church in collegial fashion particularly in Consistories, in which they are gathered by order of the Roman Pontiff and under his presidency. Consistories are either ordinary or extraordinary.

2. In an ordinary consistory all Cardinals, or at least those who are in Rome, are summoned for consultation on certain grave matters of more frequent occurrence, or for the performance of especially solemn acts.

3. All Cardinals are summoned to an extraordinary Consistory, which takes place when the special needs of the Church and more serious matters suggest it.

4. Only an ordinary Consistory in which certain solemnities are celebrated, can be public, that is, when, in addition to the Cardinals, Prelates, representatives of civil states, and other invited persons are admitted.